Thursday, 11 June 2015

Jewish Mass Graves In Alytus, Lithuania

Another small town in Lithuania, another Jewish mass grave on the outskirts. In the case of Alytus, the Germans showed up, had Russian prisoners head to the Vidzgris forest outside of town and dig large pits. Initially, a thousand or so Jews were killed. By the end of World War II, tens of thousands of Jews from Lithuania, Russia and Eastern Europe were murdered and buried in the forest.

The forest today.

Two monuments by the road.

A torn Star of David was erected in 1993 up on a hill overlooking the mass grave pits.

Concrete caps with pyramids mark the sites of the mass graves.

Back toward town, a closed Synagogue still stands.

The ruined interior of the synagogue.

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