Kaunas - Fort IV


In southeast Kaunas lies Fort IV and there murdered nazis and german collaborators about 3000 jews on at least four occasions in august 1941. The largest execution took place on 18 August when more than 1800 Jews were murdered, of which more than 700 were so-called intellectuals who were murdered in retaliation for sabotage against the German occupation.

Current status: Partly preserved/demolished with monument (2010).

Location: 54°51'06.41" N 23°57'14.40" E

Get there: Car.

My comment:

The fort is completely dilapidated and accessibility is limited and the monument is also dilapidated. The Jews who were murdered and buried in the fort still remain in unmarked tombs covered with vegetation and other debris. The head of Einsatzkommando 3 within Einsatzgruppe A, SS-Standartenführer Karl Jäger, kept statistics (Yesterday report) of his unit’s actions in Lithuania (including. Kaunas). One of the five copies made of the report survived the war and is thus an important proof of how Jews were murdered in Lithuania. In 1959, Jäger, while awaiting trial, committed suicide.

Follow up in books: Arad, Yitzhak: Holocaust in the Soviet union (2009).