Profiles: Lithuania’s Greatest Bohemian

By Tom Gregg Webster’s defines Bohemian as a person, often a poet or artist, with an unconventional lifestyle. World War II Lithuanian refugee and longtime filmmaker and poet Jonas Mekas has consistently qualified. HE BEATNIKS were the hippies of America’s 1950s. If you remember the era, you certainly remember them. ...

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For those hot, hot days of summer

LET’S COOK LITHUANIAN with Dana Siliūnas For those hot, hot days of summer RADISH  SALAD Ridikų  mišrainė 1 bunch fresh large radishes 2-3 scallions  (green onions) 2-3  Tbsps sour cream Salt and pepper to taste Wash and trim radishes.  Grate coarsely either in food processor or by hand. Drain for  ...

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Lithuanian Profiles: the Darius and Girėnas Mystery

BY JOHN MILLAR Almost 70 years later, the true cause of the fateful crash of the “Lituanica” and the death of its two pilots remains an unsolved mystery. IN THE YEAR 1993 LIETUVOS BANKAS, Lithuania’s National Bank, issued a Treasury note, valued at 10 litas, on the face of which ...

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Folklore: the Ghosts of Trakai Castle: Stories of the Castle Watchman

by Galina Bogdel Stories of the Castle Watchman I WAS BORN AND GREW UP IN an old Karaite house which had been bought and repaired by my father. The house stood between the lakes Totoriškiu and Galve opposite Trakai Castle. Later on, the local authorities tore down the house and ...

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Some Lithuanian Favorites

LET’S COOK LITHUANIAN Lithuanians have some favorite dishes Lm they have been enjoying for centuries. They still prepare them the same old- fashioned way their grandparents and great-grandparents used to prepare long time ago. Here in America many of us are either not familiar with some of these dishes, or ...

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Our Lithuanian Roots: for Genealogy Legwork, You Need Legs (Lggs)

By Tom Gregg (Grigonis) Not all professional foot – ball players are motivated outside of athletics. But as the 2001 National Football League season wound down, Joe Jurevicius had not just one big offseason plan but two. First, he would return to college to complete studies for his Fiuman Development ...

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Imperial Dessert

NAPOLEON TORTE Napoleonas Napoleon torte has been a favorite des­sert on the Lithuanian festive table for ages.  It is served during the most im­portant holidays and celebrations, as well as on informal occasions.  Legend says that the recipe was brought to Lithua­nia by Napoleon’s own chef during the Emperor’s 1812 ...

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Our Immigrant Heritage: the Truth About ‘The Jungle’

BY TOM GREGG Social reform er/novelist Upton Sinclair averaged a book a year over his ninety-year life. But none matched the impact of his disturbing and controversial 1905 blockbuster about Lithuanian im m igrants in Chicago. HE WOULD HAVE BEEN JUDGED a failure at most jobs. Yes, on the one ...

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A dumpling by any name…

LET’S COOK LITHUANIAN with Dana Siliūnas While in English any dumpling is a dumpling, in Lithuanian dumplings have many names, depending on their shape, size, or ingredients. But no matter what you call them – “kleckai, koldūnai, varškėčiai, or virtiniai” – they are all delicious. BAKED POTATO DUMPLINGS Kepti bulvių ...

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Lithuanian History Highlights: the Bajorai of Lithuania Then and Now, First of Two Parts

By K. Paul Žygas WHE THE BAJORAI ESTABLISHED A SOCIETY IN VILNIUS several years ago, the announcement was generally met with a fair measure of genuine surprise. Most everyone believed that, given the long record of assimilation, waves of deportation, and the generations lost through war, the bajorai had become ...

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