IN AMAZONIA-One afternoon with Father Bendoraitis

By R. JOHN RAPSYS. It’s two o’clock on a hot and humid afternoon in July 1973. I’m in a hospital, not as a patient, but as an observer. The nurse opens the door for an emaciated man, who shuffles into the consulting room, with a look of resignation on his face. ...

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God, Give Us Wings

An interview with author Felicia Prekeris Brown By Danutė Januta. seventy years have gone by since the great exodus of Lithuanians, Latvians, and estonians fleeing their countries during World War ii to escape the return of soviet occupiers. this period of history will be commemorated in the Balzekas Museum’s Baltic“dP”displaced ...

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The Father of Lithuanian literature Kristijonas Donelaitis

By VILIUS DUNDZILA. Donelaitis was born January 1, 1714, near Gumbinė (German: Gumbinen, Russian: Gusev). At the time, it was part of East Prussia, also known as Lithuania Minor; it is now under Russian administration, which renamed it Kaliningrad Oblast. These lands, beyond the Nemunas River, were for many years Lithuanian ...

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A conversation with the Luschas family

The Knights of Lithuania have surpassed their 100 year anniversary, but its membership keeps the organization young and vibrant. Take the Luschas family – active members of the K of L – their creative spirit and cando attitude is making Lithuania a household name throughout the United States. Elaine and ...

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The Tatars and Karaim of Lithuania

The first Lithuanian State, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania (GDL), which existed from the thirteenth to the eighteenth century, was basically an emanation of the Lithuanian people, but also a multinational and multicultural state. The Lithuanians concentrated at the core were about one third of its population; the rest were ...

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A Truly European Story: The Withdrawal-and-Return of Lithuania

By LEONIDAS DONSKIS. Lithuania cherishes her historical memories of once having been a multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural country. It also cherishes the most generous and noble-spirited traditions of the Romantic ethos of liberal nationalism, and quite justifiably so. In the late 1980s, Lithuania’s national movement of rebirth, Sajūdis, and its “singing ...

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Between Giants

By GEDIMINAS INDREIKA. History books by American authors rarely touch upon the subject of how the Baltic States became the victims of the Soviet Union’s aggression. Lithuanians educated in the Soviet era often do not understand their nation’s past because the history they were taught was deliberately distorted, portraying Russia ...

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Ninety Five Years of Lithuanian Scouting

By  DR. VILIUS DUNDZILA. Lithuanian Scouting celebrated its 95th Anniversary in 2013. Lord Robert BadenPowell founded scouting to teach leadership and citizenship skills to inner city youth, by “playing games with a purpose.” His wife Lady Olave Baden-Powell mentored the world-wide Girl Guide (Girl Scout) movement. The first scout camp ...

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Children Need Education and Love: Fifteen Years of the Child’s Gate to Learning

By RAMUNĖ KUBILIUS. In 1997, at the 10th World Lithuanian Symposium on Arts and Sciences in Chicago, social workers from Lithuania presented the sad and disturbing state of Lithuania’s street children. Their growing numbers, dismal living conditions and inadequate government programs dealing with the problem shocked symposium attendees. The children ...

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Hot soups for chilly winter days

SAUERK RAUT  SOUP Raugintų  kopūstų  sriuba 1 lb. sauerkraut,  drained 1 lb. meat, pork or beef 1 onion,  quartered 1 carrot, grated 4 peppercorns 2 bay leaves Salt to taste Cut meat into medium pieces,  cover with cold water and bring to a boil, remove scum. Add sauerkraut and onion. ...

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