20190703_132549 Angry tree at Vejukai sees the visitors off
20190702_160841 Chess in Palanga reading room
20190702_154655 The reading room in Palanga
20190701_210820 Smoked octopus
20190629_115020 Shoes of the executed dissidents in the KGB museum
Under the glass floor of the execution chamber you can see the original floor covered with sand -- I'm not sure if the sand was there back when the death sentences were carried out here, and was it to absorb the blood of the executed? (The method of the execution was a gunshot.) Here, in the antechamber, is a collection of shoes that the dissidents and freedom fighters had to remove before being shot.
This was my second visit -- this time I took my 14-year-old along -- to the museum that was previously known as the Genocide Victims' Museum, but is now called Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights. The "Occupations" refer to the years between 1940 and 1991 when Lithuania was occupied by the Soviet Union. "Freedom Fights" refers to the 9-year-long (1944 - 1953) partisan war against the occupants.
The museum is located in the former KGB prison where the KGB jailed, interrogated, and executed dissidents and freedom fighters. The prison cells are now part of the exhibit.