Sinister secrets behind Nazi prison used to film Stranger Things are even more terrifying than TV show


Stranger Things is one of Netflix’s most popular dramas ever, thanks to its terrifying twists, grisly deaths and sickening monsters.

But one of the real-life locations used to film the newest series of Stranger Things hides an even darker and more chilling story.

In the show, Jim Hopper, played by David Harbour, is held in a hellish Russian gulag where he is beaten by guards and left scrapping for food in the blistering cold.

Some of these scenes were filmed on location at Lukiškės Prison at Vilnius, Lithuania, which was used by the Nazis to hold victims of the Gestapo on death row and for decades subjected prisoners to gruesome executions and mental torture.

Since the jail closed in 2019, Vilnius’ tourist board has attempted to rebrand it and cash in on Stranger Things’ success by converting one of the former cells into an Airbnb.

But Jewish and mental health advocacy groups have furiously lashed out at Netflix for “desecrating the living memories of Holocaust survivors”, with more than 100,000 sickening deaths linked to the prison.

Screams of torture & Holocaust horror

Lukiškės was used as a detention facility for hundreds of Jewish and Polish prisoners during the Second World War 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.

Originally intended as a contemporary prison, the complex had cells for 421 inmates, a detention centre for 278 prisoners, an office edifice, a kitchen, bakery, and an ice cellar.

Everyone from criminals to political dissenters were kept in the prison, beginning a trend of barbaric torture and abuse.

Prisoners shot dead next to cells

The majority of inmates sent to the prison had virtually no chance of ever being released – driving some to madness or even suicide as they struggled to cope with the inhumane living conditions.

Lags were transported in small vehicles and placed in tiny rooms, where they were held for six hours while officials assessed their crimes.

Measuring a measly four square feet, up to four people were cramped into the holding cells.

Controversial rebranding as trendy arts space

Lukiškės Prison is now a far cry from the cold, cruel detention camp it was decades ago, thanks to a rebrand.

The last prisoners left in 2019 and it has now been transformed into a trendy arts space used by creatives.

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 thrills of dark tourism can stay in the macabre Stranger Things-themed rooms for £90 per night.

However, a petition started by six Jewish and Roma groups slamming Netflix for filming Stranger Things at the location has now been signed by over 57,000 people.

It says: “We, Jews and Roma, call you to sign this petition and hold Stranger Things and Netflix accountable for their Holocaust erasure.”

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