In 1933 a two-story brick house with basements designed by the architect Juozas Dragašius was built in modernism tradition. It was the building of Marijampolė district municipality. From 1944 to 1953 the building served as headquarters for NKVD (The People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs) and NKGB.
On July, 1992 the commemorative plaque on the building 51, Kudirkos St. was attached; it bears an inscription: “Horrid torture was inflicted in the basement, the conscience and the human dignity trampled upon (- by you). Innocent bodies buried right here (- by you -) 1944-1950”. Around the same time, memorial plaques were set in memory of the victims of NKVD, NKGB, and the Gestapo. The idea was initiated by the union of Lithuanian political prisoners (LPKTS MS). Authors of the plaque are the sculptor Jonas Dulinskas and the architect Valentinas Medelis .
In the late 20th century the building served as municipality’s offices. People who used to work there remembered how uncomfortable it was going down to basements. Names and dates of prisoners are preserved in the walls. It might have been effect of wind or active imagination, but the employees claimed they had heard moans and cries coming from the basements. Later the building was sold to the private owner.
Inscription on the heritage object
- Address51 Kudirkos Str., Marijampolė.
- Authors/Creatorsarchitect Juozas Dragašius
- Date1933 -
- Statusunregistered, local meanings, architectural and historical heritage
- Not staying
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Literature and resources
- Vilutienė, Aldona. Laiko dulkes nužėrus… : Tauro apygardos partizanų ir tremties muziejaus kūrimo ir veiklos istorija, 1993-2007 m. / Aldona Vilutienė. - Marijampolė : Piko valanda, 2013. - 160 p. : iliustr., portr.