Grutas Park


In southern Lithuania on the Belarusian border and just outside the health resort Druskininkai is Grutas park. The park opened in 2001 and contains lots of communist statues and monuments erected along a loop of about two kilometers. The sculptures were dismantled in connection with the fall of communism and placed in various warehouses around Lithuania. Among the statues and monuments, there are exhibits that give the visitor an insight into the Soviet dictatorship and occupation. In addition to the park with statues and monuments, there is also a small zoo and a copy of a Soviet amusement park with carousels and other entertainment.

Current status: Museum (2006).

Address: Grutas 66441, Druskininkai.

Get there: Car.

My comment:

The focus is not on the crimes of communism but rather on how communism romanticized itself through a political system that wanted good but that somewhere along the way went wrong for and bad for those who they said they were very much protecting. 

Follow up in books: Kort, Michael: The Soviet Colossus: History And Aftermath (2006).