The Fort Of Death

The Ninth Fort was built by the Russian Empire in the Lithuanian city of Kaunus in the 19th century. It was actually one of several numbered units that made up a larger fort. It was used through WW I and saw off a German attack in 1915, so it was no stranger to death. However, it didn’t earn the name “Fort of Death” until 1941, when it was under the control of the Nazis.
The Nazis took Kaunus in June 1941, when Soviet forces retreated. Within weeks, a Nazi killing squad had rounded up thousands of Jews to be systematically shot. The majority of the murders were carried out in the Ninth Fort. The rest of the Jews were forced to live in a ghetto. By August, there were 29,000 Jews being forced to live in a squalid part of the city.
The event that sealed the nickname Fort of Death occurred on October 29, 1941. During the day before, 9,000 Jews had been rounded up from the ghetto and taken to Ninth Fort. Nearly half of them were children. They were stripped, lined up beside mass graves, and gunned down in groups. By the end of the day, they had all been killed. Later, the Nazis attempted to cover up the crime by burning the bodies, forcing Jews from the ghetto dig open the graves. When the work was complete, the Jews were all shot

The Fort Of Death

The Ninth Fort was built by the Russian Empire in the Lithuanian city of Kaunus in the 19th century. It was actually one of several numbered units that made up a larger fort. It was used through WW I and saw off a German attack in 1915, so it was no stranger to death. However, it didn’t earn the name “Fort of Death” until 1941, when it was under the control of the Nazis.

The Nazis took Kaunus in June 1941, when Soviet forces retreated. Within weeks, a Nazi killing squad had rounded up thousands of Jews to be systematically shot. The majority of the murders were carried out in the Ninth Fort. The rest of the Jews were forced to live in a ghetto. By August, there were 29,000 Jews being forced to live in a squalid part of the city.

The event that sealed the nickname Fort of Death occurred on October 29, 1941. During the day before, 9,000 Jews had been rounded up from the ghetto and taken to Ninth Fort. Nearly half of them were children. They were stripped, lined up beside mass graves, and gunned down in groups. By the end of the day, they had all been killed. Later, the Nazis attempted to cover up the crime by burning the bodies, forcing Jews from the ghetto dig open the graves. When the work was complete, the Jews were all shot

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