aA
A commission of the Vilnius city municipality suggests removing the monument to writer Petras Cvirka in central part of the Lithuanian capital due to his role in consolidating Soviet occupation of the country during World War II.
Petras Cvirka monument
Petras Cvirka monument
© DELFI / Karolina Pansevič

A task force consisting of the municipality's politicians, historians and cultural researchers decided to suggest to Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Šimašius that he should propose the issue for the municipality's council, conservative Paulė Kuzmickaitė, the head of the commission, told BNS on Thursday.

"We agreed to remove the monument, thus facilitating a new identity of the area in Vilnius. We think this is a meaningful step in celebrating the centennial anniversary of the Lithuanian statehood," said Kuzmickaitė.

"We recognize that Cvirka is a symbol of Soviet ideoloty, which is not consistent with the idea of freedom of independent Lithuania and, of course, the society's expectations at all. We realize that his political activities, not his writing, is viewed negatively," she added.

In her words, after removal of the monument that was erected in 1959 would, money and time would be needed for a discussion with the society whether the sculpture could stay in other locations in Vilnius or would have to be transported to the Grūto Park of Soviet-era sculptures, the Cvirka museum in the Jurbarkas district or elsewhere.

The politician expressed hope that the mayor would leave the issue up for the City Council to decide.
After the Soviet Union occupied in Lithuania in 1940, Cvirka joined the Communist Party, was a member of the puppet People's Parliament and helped sovietize Lithuania.

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.
|Populiariausi straipsniai ir video

Summer discoveries: exhibitions in Kaunas

After a couple of months with the doors closed, museums and galleries are eager to attract visitors.

Online from Kaunas: Lithuanian language and culture summer school

Baltic Summer University organisers have decided to use this time to explore the opportunities to...

Jakubauskas appointed director of Lithuania genocide center

Adas Jakubauskas , 55, has been appointed director of the Genocide and Resistance Research Center of...

Researchers surprised by findings in burial from medieval times

Genomic analysis of plague victims from a mass burial in Lithuania identifies a medieval woman...

Successful education: not only efficient teaching

A couple of weeks ago I looked at some approaches to teaching , so I thought this week would dig into...

Top news

Survey: more Lithuanians view Belarus as unfriendly state (2)

The number of Lithuanian residents considering Belarus to be an unfriendly state is rising amid...

Public events sector slow to restart despite easing of audience restrictions

Even though the Lithuanian authorities have relaxed audience restrictions on cultural, entertainment,...

Maritime cluster has been founded in Lithuania

The business and educational organizations in Klaipeda are joining forces to develop the Lithuanian...

Public authorities getting closer to compromise on natl development bank

Lithuania’s public authorities are getting closer to a compromise on the establishment of a...

Belarus: fish kill in River Nemunas near Grodno triggered by natural and climatic causes

The die-off of fish and other aquatic organisms in the River Nemunas near Grodno in Belarus was...

|Maža didelių žinių kaina