The KGB museum ( Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights) housed in the former Soviet prison basement and execution chambers affected me emotionally more than I thought.
There was no glossing over the museum to make it sanitized for the public. It had an eerie feel, and the lingering sense of doom for resistant fighters from Lithuania was left hanging in the air.
it is important for the present generation to face the truth, and to tell future generations about the period from 1940 to 1990. 776 individuals were killed.
This period is not too far in the distant past. Perhaps, as Americans we let this slip by. I am glad that I was here to face the history of persecution.
Lithuania has done so much for itself in thirty years- the fastest internet speed in the world, a strong sense of democracy and a national pride.