Tuesday, 10 March 2015
8) LITHUANIA & HOLOCAUST
Lithuania suffered the heaviest loss in the Holocaust than any other nation in Europe; with more than 95% of it's Jewish community wiped out. It is estimated that 200,000 of the 220,000 Jews in Lithuania were murdered in the Holocaust. I will be discussing the Jewish sites in Vilnius (Vilna), Ponary (Paneriai) and Kaunas (Kovno).
Site of the Great Synagogue of Vilnius (1572).
Ponary Massacre Site. It is estimated that 100,000 people were killed here between 1941 and 1945; out of which 72,000 were Jews.
The Ninth Fort of Kaunas. It is estimated that at least 50,000 people died here, more than 30,000 of them Jewish.