Rediscovering a Lost Heritage

By John J. Chernoski (Černiauskas) REDISCOVERING A LOST HERITAGE THE HOLOCAUST HAS NEARLY ERASED FROM OUR collective memory a people who were long a vibrant part of the Lithuanian scene – the Litvaks (Lithuanian Jews.) During the 14th century Grand DukeGediminas encouraged immigrants to assist in the economicgrowth of the ...

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The Battle of Durbė – 13 July, St. Margaret’s Day, 1260

BY AL (ALVYDAS) KARAŠA LESS WELL KNOWN THAN THE crusades in Outremer, crusading wars in the Baltic region were just as bloody and fruitless as those in the Holy Land. Crusading was an ongoing military occupation, supported politically by European rulers, and sanctioned by the Church. Just as Pope Urban ...

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It’s apple season

APPLE CRISP Traškus obuolių pyragas 4 Tbsps. cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces ½ cup packed light-brown sugar ½ cup all-purpose flour ½ cup rolled oats 1 tsp. ground cinnamon ½ cup chopped walnuts 4 apples, peeled, cored and cut into ½-inch dice 2 Tbsps. fresh lemon juice Preheat the ...

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‘Lituanica’ – the Unsolved Mystery

BY ALGIS GINTAUTAS Lituanica’ – the Unsolved Mystery 75 years after a still-unexplained crash killed the two Lithuanian flyers who were trying to establish a new record in aviation history, the cause of the crash and their death continues to be a mystery. JULY 15-17, 2008 MARKS THE 75TH ANNI- ...

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Cool soups for a hot summer

COLD BEET SOUP šaltibarščiai 4 cooked red beets, peeled and coarsely grated (canned beets can also be used) 2 fresh medium-size cucumbers, finely cut 2 hard-boiled eggs 6 Tbsps. sour cream 4 cups sour milk or buttermilk 1 cup boiled water 8 sprigs fresh dill, finely chopped 1 cup scallion ...

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Pagan Lithuania

By Gloria Kivytaitė O’Brien Lithuanians were some of the last people in Europe to embrace Christianity. Among the reasons for this was their deep attachment to their old beliefs and the ruthlessness of the “baptizers.” AS THE CRUSADES IN THE HOLY LAND raged on, the Roman Catholic popes, in the ...

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For your summer buffet

BACON BUNS Lašiniuočiai 1 package dry yeast 1 tsp. sugar ½ cup warm water ¾ cup warm milk 1/3 cup sugar ½ cup oil 1 tsp. salt 3 eggs, beaten ¼ tsp. mace 4 to 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour In a small bowl dissolve yeast in warm water; add ...

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‘Gold of the North’

By Leif Brost Amber, a fossilized tree resin millions of years old, has fascinated civilizations for millennia. This fascination continues to this day. LITHUANIANS REGARD AMBER AS THEIR “GOLD.” Others refer to Baltic amber as the “Gold of the North.” While amber can be found throughout the world, the finest ...

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A salad by any name..

MIXED VEGETABLE SALAD Daršovių mišrainė 4 medium potatoes, cooked and cubed 4 medium beets, cooked and cubed 4 medium carrots, cooked and cubed 1 cup cooked white kidney beans 1 cup cooked peas 1 cup cubed dill pickles 2 tart apples, peeled and cubed 1 medium red onion, chopped fine ...

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A Stroll Through the Courtyards of Vilnius University

by Julie Skurdenis EVER SINCE I FIRST VISITED VILNIUS MORE THAN 30 years ago, one of the first places I go to, once I have set my suitcase down in my hotel room, is the University in Old Town. I love to meander through the complex of courtyards comprising the ...

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