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June 25, 2003

Stalin World

Most of us love theme parks. It's great to go to a place like Six Flags Great America or Disney World on a sunny day. Going on rides, playing games, and just have fun brings out the kid in everyone.

But if you're bored of the same old roller coaster, ferris wheel, or carosel there's Stalin World in Lithuania.

The facility—part amusement park, part open air museum—is circled by barbed wire and guard towers, and dotted with some 65 bronze and granite statues of former Soviet leaders Vladimir Lenin and Josef Stalin, and assorted communist VIPs.

Organizers say it’s the first and only Soviet theme park in the world. Officially, the 30-hectare complex is called the Soviet Sculpture Garden at Grutas Park. But residents of the nearby village of Grutas have dubbed it Stalin World—a name that’s stuck.

At the park's opening, visitors could "drink shots of vodka and eat cold borscht soup from tin bowls, while loud speakers blared old communist hymns."

Vilumas Malinauskas, owner of the park, wanted it to be "family experience, built especially for our younger generation" or else "only pensioners and history buffs would visit."

What could be more tasteless, a German death camp park with ride taking visitors into a gas chamber? The people who thought up this idea should read Anne Applebaum's Gulag.

"Stalin World"

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Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Miscellaneous at 01:01 AM | Comments (2)