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  1. 5 out of 5

    John

    “In recent History, Lithuania was occupied three times: first by the USSR in 1940, then by Nazi Germany in 1941, and finally by the USSR again in 1944. During Nazi and Soviet occupations, including 220,000 Holocaust victims, the losses of the population of Lithuania amounted to 33 percent of the total number of the country’s population in 1940. Lithuania lost 1 million people to deportations, executions, and incarceration.” From the KGB Museum, (Museum of Genocide Victims) in Vilnius, Lithuania. “In recent History, Lithuania was occupied three times: first by the USSR in 1940, then by Nazi Germany in 1941, and finally by the USSR again in 1944. During Nazi and Soviet occupations, including 220,000 Holocaust victims, the losses of the population of Lithuania amounted to 33 percent of the total number of the country’s population in 1940. Lithuania lost 1 million people to deportations, executions, and incarceration.” From the KGB Museum, (Museum of Genocide Victims) in Vilnius, Lithuania. The basement of The Vilnius Court House contains prison cells where imprisonment, unspeakable torture and executions took place. After the Nazi’s were driven out, there followed a 50 year occupation by the USSR. During the Soviet occupation, NKVD/KGB “interrogations” sometimes lasted a year before death or deportation resulted. When Lithuania reestablished Independence in 1990 and the Soviets left Vilnius in 1991 the Court House in Vilnius was left substantially as it appears today and is now the KGB Museum (the Museum of Genocide Victims.) What a grim and sobering experience to walk in and out of these cells and imagine the cries and pain -- some visitors couldn’t do it. What a staggering realization too when I counted 140 plus camps all across a map of Siberia where families were ripped apart, deported and many met a speedy death while the rest succumbed to a life of misery in Siberia. Only one other Museum of this kind exists and that one is in Budapest, Hungary. The book concludes: “Virtually no one has been called to account for what was done and the West has chosen to forget these horrors. Nothing of these horrors is taught at (Western) schools. There is no grand museum in Washington D.C. dedicated to those whose lives were destroyed by the communists. No Communist Party bosses in Russia have ever been made to pay for their transgressions and not one labor camp commandant has been forced to answer for his inhumanity. There is no talk of reparations; the Kremlin objects whenever anyone raises questions about the injustice of the past. The great crimes of Soviet communism are mostly just remembered in the hearts and souls of the victims.”

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    an important book that pays tribute to the Lithuanians who were deported to Siberia by the Soviet Union. Included is a map of the locations of deportation and imprisonment.

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