One of the scenes of Stranger Things 4 What will be remembered most will be the high-security prison in Russia where Jim Hopper was held for much of the season. What few know is that the real place where these scenes were filmed corresponds to the Lukiškės prison in Vilnius, Lithuania, which was used by the Nazis to keep the victims of the Gestapo.
The prison officially closed in 2019, and since then, in addition to being a film and television set, its cells have been rented through the Airbnb system.
Lukiškės was used as a detention center for hundreds of Jewish and Polish prisoners during World War II before they were sent to be brutally executed.
The jail’s first inmates were officially transferred decades earlier, in June 1904, according to a tour of the facility.
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Originally intended as a contemporary prison, the complex had cells for 421 inmates, a detention center for 278 prisoners, an office building, a kitchen, bakery, and an ice cellar.
But the worst of the atrocities came when the Nazis occupied Lithuania and the Gestapo began keeping thousands of Jews and Poles in the facility.
During the German invasion, agents of the NKVD, the Soviet Union’s Ministry of the Interior, were involved in the mass murder of prisoners at Lukiškės.
Psychological torture was common in Lukiškės, as were hangings until 1970 and executions of those sentenced to death.
Now called Lukiškės Prison 2.0, it is open to the general public who can go on tours recounting the evils of the past.
More recently, guests seeking the thrill of dark tourism can stay in macabre Stranger Things-themed rooms.
However, a petition started by six Jewish and Roma groups criticizing Netflix for filming on location has now been signed by more than 57,000 people.
It says: “We Jews and Roma call on you to sign this petition and hold Stranger Things and Netflix accountable for their elimination of the Holocaust.”