Photographer's Note

Lithuania (Lietuva) was the last Baltic republic to be completely annexed by the Soviet Union (1945), the one that resisted the most (with armed resistance until 1965, and active individuals into the 1980's), and the first to restore independence (in 1990; recognized in 1991).
During Soviet rule, especially the first decade, there were mass deportation of Lithuanians to remote regions of the Soviet Union, as well as on-going repression of the Lithuanians in their homeland.
Since the 1940's the Soviets established a prison and headquarters in this building, on Lenino prospektas (now Gedimino prospektas), in Vilnius. The KGB left it only in August 1991.
The day of this photo, four years later, this woman was outside the former prison, campaigning for public ownership and study of the KGB / Communist Party's archives about the genocide of Lithuanians (deportation and repression during the Soviet rule).
Nowadays this former KGB prison is the Museum of Genocide Victims (Genocido aukų muziejus). It is run by the Genocide and Resistance Research Centre of Lithuania (Lietuvos gyventojų genocido ir rezistencijos tyrimo centras).
[Scanning from a 1995 print.]
See other photos under the my theme Lithuanian History - Lietuvos istorija.
Approximate location: 54.688587, 25.2705503.

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