HISTORY

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
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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.

Kernavė’s thunder God Perkūnas – the Leg of a Church Candlestick

Friday, June 2, 2017 17:16
A bearded, long haired man with an austere face that is depicted by a 12 cm bronze sculpture is the most famous archeological find over the last 150 years, which made Kernavė famous. The man’s nakedness is covered with a cloth kerchief which is draped over his right hand and turned over hi s hips. We see an object of unclear origins in his elevated left hand that is decorated with wavy lines; in his right hand, the man is also holding something, however only a hole in the hand remains. There is a vertical hole one and a half centimeters in diameter in the sculpture. By the middle of the 19th century, they believed that they’d found in Kernavė, a sculpture of the pagan god of Thunder, Perkūnas.

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.