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a forest preserve located six miles from Vilna. Before the war it was used for outings and picnics, but it became a killing field for most of Vilna's Jews. The victims were shot to death by SS men and German police assisted by Lithuanian collaborators. Perhaps, 70,000 to 100,000 victims, the majority of them Jews, were murdered there.
Source: Encyclopedia of the Holocaust.


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