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The American Yeshiva: Its Roots in Lithuanian Jewish Heritage

by Gil S. Perl. Route 195 cuts across the midsection of New Jersey. Travel eastward from the state capital of Trenton toward the Atlantic coast, take exit 28A for route 9A South and you’ll find yourself in a rather nondescript section of East Coast suburbia. Continue heading south, though, for ...

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Femme au Foyer – 24 Days of a Baltic Christmas

Found a great blog by Latvian-American Liene Kukainis. It’s called “Femme au foyer” which translates to “woman at the hearth.” For the past several years Liene has been putting together a list of posts each December each having something to do with a Baltic Christmas. Here are the postings to-date ...

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Aloyzas Baronas and the Christmas harmonica tale

We received an inquiry at Lithuanian Heritage relating to a very short story written by Aloyzas Baronas, about “Kaziuko Armonika.”  The reader wanted to know where one could find more stories like this to read to children about the magical goings on during the night before Christmas, where animals are ...

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First trips to Lithuania in 1977–78

by Raimundas Balsys. Over the years, Mom and Dad kept in touch with relatives who had stayed behind in Lithuania. Mom was always writing letters and sending boxes of used clothing to the old country. The relatives thought that America’s streets were paved in gold. They would send letters requesting ...

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Authorization required error with Microsoft Edge Browser

Subscribers using the new Microsoft “Edge” browser have been having problems accessing the Draugas News and Lithuanian Heritage PDF archive files (which are password-protected and open to subscribers only). When using the Edge browser, when clicking on a password protected link to one of the .PDF files, what should happen ...

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Searching for the Wreck of the Prezidentas Smetona. An interview with John Nekus

Editor’s note: In June of last year, John Nekus and a team of Lithuanian naval historians, underwater archeologists and sailors in the Lithuanian Navy lead by Dr. Vladas Žulkus of Klaipėda University sailed on what turned out to be the 3rd expedition to look for the wreck of the Prezidentas ...

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Setting the table for Kūčios

Cooking Lithuanian by Ona Daugirdienė. Christmas Eve or Kūčios is a sacred day. Family members hurry home to be with their loved ones, debts are repaid, neighbors make peace, animals speak at midnight and well water turns to wine. The table for the evening meal is covered with a snowy ...

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Speaking and pronouncing Lithuanian

by Jonas Daugirdas. (updated 24 Dec 2018 with section on diphthongs).  PART 1: Pronunciation of consonants d, t, and n. Many children of Lithuanian families who were raised in America pronounce certain consonants when speaking Lithuanian in a way that makes their spoken Lithuanian quickly identifiable as non-native. One little ...

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Baltic Song Around the Globe

by Vida Kuprys. 27 years ago, Lithuanians Latvians and Estonian joined hands in the Baltic Way. This August they joined voices. August 23rd is Black Ribbon Day. On this infamous date in 1939, Hitler’s and Stalin’s henchmen Ribbentrop and Molotov signed a non-aggression treaty that ultimately sent all of Europe ...

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Neringa a Place of Quiet Pleasures

Text and photos by JULIE SKURDENIS. THE CURONIAN SPIT (KURŠIŲ NERINGA) IS A 60 mile long narrow finger of forest and sand that separates the Curonian Lagoon (Kuršių Marios) from the Baltic Sea. The northern portion of the spit is Lithuanian. It’s called Neringa after a legendary giantess who supposedly ...

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