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The Museum of Genocide Victims, known informally as the "KGB Museum", is housed in the former KGB building in Vilnius. Upstairs are the offices where the daily business of monitoring the activities of foreigners and citizens alike was carried out. Outside of the surveillance equipment, it looks much like any other set of bureaucratic offices. In the basement, though, is a prison that includes torture cells (one padded to muffle sounds), an execution room and this solitary-confinement cell. One can imagine a KGB official slipping out of a meeting early, because he needs to go downstairs and kill someone.

The cell has only a small window in the door to pass food (generally just bread and water) through.

It's a bit like visiting the dungeon of a medieval castle, made much more intense and immediate by the fact that the prison was in use for torture and executions until 1991. The people involved--torturers and surviving prisoners--are mostly still alive.

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