June 25, 2003
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.
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.
"I'm Going to Stalin's World!"