Schoolchildren throughout Lithuania were looking smart and bearing the traditional gift of flowers for their teachers on 1 September, the first day of school. In Canada, the US, Thailand, and other nations, a slightly older group of Lithuanian students have returned from a summer at Vilnius University studying the language of their grandparents.
The State Commission for the Lithuanian Language has agreed to allow original spelling of non-Lithuanian names for foreigners who become naturalized Lithuanian citizens and for the Lithuanian nationals who adopt the last name of their foreign spouse after marriage.
Eight thousand names that are in breach of the standard language norms have been registered in Lithuania, so such forms of the person's name could be transferred to a person's identity documents, presume the representatives of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR).
Amendments to Lithuania's Law on Citizenship will be submitted to the parliament for approval, but the wording may be changed in the course of debates by scrapping the Mar. 11, 1990 dividing line, Viktoras Pranckietis, the speaker of the Seimas, said on Wednesday.
“South Africa is more Litvak than Lithuania itself,” Markas Zingeris, the Lithuanian playwright and novelist once remarked. And, as one of very few members of Lithuania’s Jewish community to remain in the country, he would know. The vast majority of Lithuanian Jews have found good reason to leave at one time or another in history, whether it was unrest in Europe between 1868 and 1914, or the economic hardship that characterised the period from Lithuania’s independence in 1918 until June 1940 when the Soviet army took control. It was during this time that thousands of Lithuanians came to South Africa in droves, in search of a more peaceful life. And it is here where many have remained.
Viktoras Pranckietis, the speaker of the Seimas, sees amendments to the Law on Citizenship as the only possible way of broadening dual citizenship and expects that the Constitutional Court will approve of the move.