HISTORY

Lithuanía's response to Russia OSCE forum: Guerrilla fought Soviet terror

Friday, July 21, 2017 16:48
The Poster of the film
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Lithuania's ambassador has rejected Russia's reproaches on historical memory, emphasizing at an international diplomatic forum that the guerrilla resistance to Soviet occupation after World War II was legitimate.

Hundreds gather in Vilnius for commemoration of US pact condemning Baltics occupation

Friday, July 21, 2017 11:51
Washington Sq. in Vilnius
Vilniaus savivaldybė
Around three hundred people gathered in the Washington Square in Vilnius on Thursday evening to thank the United States on the 77th anniversary of the Sumner Welles Declaration that condemned the Soviet occupation of the Baltic states.

Lithuanian, Polish troops to together mark Žalgiris Battle anniversary

Friday, July 21, 2017 11:39
Soldiers of Lithuania and Poland will celebrate an anniversary of the victory in the Battle of Žalgiris in Nemenčinė near Vilnius on Friday.

Swedish ex-PM Bildt tweets: history of Baltic partisans was hidden for too longFREE

Thursday, July 20, 2017 12:27
Carl Bildt, a former Swedish prime minister and foreign minister, says that people in other parts of Europe know too little about the history of Lithuanian partisans who fought against Soviet rule.

Vilnius to host commemoration of US declaration condemning Baltics occupation

Thursday, July 20, 2017 10:46
Flags of the three Baltic states
Augustas Didžgalvis
A festive event will be held in Washington Square in Vilnius on Thursday to thank the United States on the 77th anniversary of the Summer Welles Declaration that condemned the Soviet occupation of the Baltic states.

Lithuania's Tatar community awaits political decisions on history recount

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 14:39
The Tatar community, which this year celebrates 620 years in Lithuania, hopes that the issues of recounting its history and construction of a mosque in Vilnius would finally get in motion.

Ambassador to Russia pays tribute to Lithuanian ministers shot 75 yrs ago

Friday, July 14, 2017 10:33
Lithuania's ambassador to Russia, Remigijus Motuzas, paid tribute to ministers of the interwar Lithuania who were shot by Soviet authorities 75 years ago during his visit to the Russian city of Yekaterinburg this week.

Forgotten neighbour of the Great Duchy of Lithuania – the Ottoman Empire

Thursday, July 13, 2017 12:33
Istanbul
DELFI / Dainius Sinkevičius
Moldova and the Tatar khanates were neighbouring political formations of the Great Duchy of Lithuania (GDL) territories between the Dniestr and Dniepr rivers in the 15th century. These lands of the GDL stood out for their differing climate, the steppes that spread out across them, and the few settled people that lived there.

“A Land of Forests and Swamp.” The image of Lithuania in Medieval Europe

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 12:41
“Lithuania [Lectonia] is a province of Scythia, and its people are called Lithuanians. They are towering and strong, warlike and savage people. Lithuania is a land of fertile soil; much of it is swampland and covered with forests, watered with rivers and lakes; there are many beasts and animals there. The forests and swamps protect it; other than the lakes, forests and swamps, they have few fortified places [settlements]. And this is why it is doubtful whether this area could be conquered in summer, perhaps only in winter, when the rivers and other bodies of water are frozen over.”

The coronation of Mindaugas: do we really understand medieval monarchy?

Thursday, July 6, 2017 10:14
The coronation of Mindaugas is viewed as the birth of the Lithuanian state, however we rarely consider whether we really understand what the title of king meant in the Europe of the time and who could legitimately pursue it.

Lithuanians through the eyes of the Byzantines

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 18:50
Replica of the Byzantium Rumeli fortress built in 1452 m
DELFI / Eglė Digrytė
In terms of civilization, Byzantium represents the Christianized East, however if we travelled almost completely straight in a southwest direction, we would hits its center, Constantinople. In discussing Lithuania in the context of Eastern Christian civilization, we should remember the distinction of North and South, which during Antiquity coincided with the divide between civilized lands and barbaric lands. The rise of Northern Europe in the second millennium occurred as a result of the spread of Christianity, which at the time became synonymous with the spread of civilization.

Lithuanian scientists claim to have found Prezidentas Smetona vessel on Baltic Sea bottom

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 15:54
Scientists of the Klaipėda University say they have found Prezidentas Smetona, the first warship of independent interwar Lithuania, on the bottom of the Baltic Sea in Estonian waters.

The city ruling classes or elites in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 15:21
In early modern times, there was an elite that existed in many of the larger cities of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania (GDL) and Europe, who have been given various names in historiography, including the patriciate, the elite, and the ruling class, among others.

Bankruptcy of the Jewish community in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania

Monday, July 3, 2017 11:03
Ideas about tremendous wealth of the Jews, their well-being, which was thought to have been created by incurring losses on the Christians, was prevalent in the society of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania ( GDL and later periods). The reality, however, was quite different. Only a small part of the Jews was successful business people, the majority of them that engaged in small businesses, trade and crafts could hardly make both ends meet.

War Tourism in the 14 Century: what were European knights looking for in Lithuania?

Friday, June 30, 2017 09:55
The Teutonic Order was the first Western Christian state that Lithuania came into contact with. The members of the ecclesiastical knights’ order came from the Holy Lands in the 13th century to Prussia and Livonia still not knowing at the beginning that a minor part of their endeavors would gradually turn into the Order’s territorial state. It was only because of their setbacks (in the Holy Land, Hungary, and Cyprus) that forced the knights to focus their energy on the Baltic region.

Motives behind recognising the Communist Party as a criminal organisation

Thursday, June 29, 2017 09:20
The Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, on June 26 adopted a Resolution recognising the Lithuanian Communist Party (LCP), which functioned during the Soviet occupation in Lithuania, as a criminal organisation. A similar draft resolution was initiated in the Seimas two years ago, however, the former ruling coalition rejected it without a consideration. This time, the Resolution won support of a vast majority of Members and was adopted with only one vote against, the Homeland Union-Lithuanian Christian Democrats Political Group in the Seimas said in a press release.

Seimas wants Communist Party declared a criminal organization

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 09:20
Grūto park. Lenin statue that stood in Vilnius
DELFI / Inga Saukienė
The Lithuanian parliament on Tuesday urged the government to draft a law declaring the former Lithuanian Communist Party a criminal organization, saying that the party's activities during the years of Soviet occupation had signs of criminal activity.

Looking for their place under the sun: Lithuanian refugees in the West and East

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 09:55
What were the first immigrants running away from? In 1268 Lithuanian noble Šiukšta (nobilis Suxe) was baptized with the name of Nicholas in Riga. He took an oath of vassal dependence to the local archbishop, and gave him his patrimonial holdings in Nalšia and received them back from the archbishop as a feudal fief. At the time Lithuania was dealing with internal conflicts after the killing of King Mindaugas.

Researchers to search for interwar Lithuania's ships at bottom of Baltic Sea

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 09:35
Researchers in Klaipėda prepare to launch a search for sunken Lithuanian ships, including the Prezidentas Smetona, the first Lithuanian warship of the interwar period, at the bottom of the Baltic Sea.

Soviet-era martyr Matulionis beatified in Vilnius

Monday, June 26, 2017 10:37
Teofilius Matulionis, a Lithuanian priest and archbishop who was persecuted by the Soviet regime, was beatified in a solemn ceremony at Vilnius' Cathedral Square on Sunday.

Archbishop Matulionis' sarcophagus to be brought to Vilnius for beatification

Saturday, June 24, 2017 16:45
Bishop Teofilius Matulionis. Teofilis Pilkis Photo
Asm. archyvas
The sarcophagus with Teofilius Matulionis' remains will be solemnly placed in Vilnius Cathedral on Saturday evening, on the eve of his beatification.

Jewish community suggests culture museum in territory of former Vilnius ghetto

Friday, June 23, 2017 17:10
The Jewish Community of Lithuania suggests establishing a cultural museum in the territory of the former Vilnius ghetto, going beyond a single building to open spaces and employing smart technologies.

The brotherhood of beggars in the Late Middle Ages Vilnius

Friday, June 9, 2017 15:26
Modern day beggar in Vilnius
Marius Žiličius

Russian ambassador: Lithuania owes Russia 72 billion US dollars (1)CORP

Friday, June 9, 2017 11:12
After another May passed placing a flower crown placed near the monument commemorating those that had perished during Lithuania’s road to freedom, with the before mentioned action the Russian ambassador to Lithuania Alexander Udaltsov raised quite a few eyebrows: could the denier of Lithuania’s occupation, Moscow have changed its mind and is finally admitting the historic fact with all of its potential consequences? The newest interview with the Russian Ambassador to Lithuania dispelled such hopes.

Formin dismisses Russian envoy's words about Lithuanian 'debt' for occupation as absurd

Friday, June 9, 2017 09:18
Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius has dismissed as absurd the statements by Russian Ambassador Alexander Udaltsov about Russia's right to demand 72 billion US dollars in compensation for the Soviet Union's Soviet-era investments.

English Aristocrats in Kražiai in the Middle of the 16th Century

Thursday, June 8, 2017 14:29
Catherine Willaughby, the Duchess of Suffolk (1519/1520-1580) and her second husband Richard Bertie (1517-1582), who were closely tied to England’s royal family, lived in the town of Kražiai, not far from Kelmė, from the middle of 1557 to March 1559. As a faithful Protestant, she later became a hero, with ballands, plays and films made about her.

The Jewish Quarter in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania – isolation or privilege?

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 16:56
Žydų (Jews) street in Vilnius
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Quarters comprising of several streets that were designed along religious, ethnic or professional lines were a regular way of life in European cities during the Middle Ages. Thus the settling of Jews, who employed the use of a section of the city that was delegated to them by law did not go counter to the pattern that had developed for settling in cities. Orthodox believers, Germans, Jews, butchers, glass makers and others who established themselves in Great Duchy of Lithuania (GDL) cities divided up living space in a similar manner. Thus Jews brought traditions to the GDL that were typical for them in the quarters they lived, traditions that coincided with other trends that managed to express themselves in GDL cities.

Document of Soviet deportation of Lithuanians added to UNESCO Memory of the World Register

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 09:11
A plan of the Operation Priboi, the code name for a mass deportation of the Lithuanian population by the Soviets in 1949, has been granted the status of a document of national importance and listed in Lithuania's national Memory of the World Register.

Lithuanians view Brazauskas as most deserved president

Monday, June 5, 2017 09:19
Algirdas Brazauskas is considered the president of Lithuania who has made the biggest contribution for the country, shows a poll carried out by Spinter Tyrimai (Spinter Surveys) company for the news portal delfi.lt.

Fact and fiction in the founding legend of Vilnius

Friday, September 2, 2016 08:52
The founding myth of Vilnius has many affinities with legends of Rome and other great cities. Though hardly historically accurate, it was necessary to legitimize the royal seat of a medieval grand duke.