Obj. ID: 46062
Modern Jewish Art Mass Killing Pit (10) in the Paneriai Memorial, Lithuania, 1985
To the main object: Paneriai Memorial in Vilnius, Lithuania, from 1948 to 2015
Mass killing pit.
Who is Commemorated?
People killed here by the Nazis.
A pit with well-preserved embankments is located in the southern part of the memorial complex. This is the deepest extant mass killing pit with clearly visible embankments and shooting hatches.
The memorial is a granite circle surrounding the pit. A commemorative granite block is situated in the center, facing the entrance to the pit. It bears identical Lithuanian and Russian inscriptions.
iš žudynių vietų
Translation: Here Hitler’s occupiers burned unearthed corpses [from the killing sites].
According to an information plate, the inscription is not quite accurate, since exhumed bodies were burned at special sites next to each pit.
This is the best-preserved and the deepest mass killing pit.
Website of The Paneriai Memorial of Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum, "Mass killing pit," https://www.paneriumemorialas.lt/en/masiniu-zudyniu-duobe-d13/., https://www.paneriumemorialas.lt/en/objektai/ (accessed January 25, 2023)