aA
The long-sought original document of the Lithuanian Independence Act signed on February 16 1918 was discovered in Germany's diplomatic archives in Berlin on Wednesday, professor Liudas Mažylis of the Vytautas Magnus University behind the discovery confirmed to BNS.
The long-sought original document of the Lithuanian Independence Act signed on February 16 1918 was discovered in Germany
The long-sought original document of the Lithuanian Independence Act signed on February 16 1918 was discovered in Germany

"The Lithuanian version of the resolution with all 20 clearly visible signatures was included next to the German version in the case," the professor told BNS.

In his words, the piece of paper is folded in four, which confirms the conclusion that it had traveled by mail. The act was included in the case in March of 1918, the following month after signature of the historic document.

Mažylis said it was the approaching 100-year anniversary of Lithuania's statehood that encouraged him to search for the document.

"Lithuanian scientists were seriously and consistently interested in the German line, however, their efforts were probably insufficient. I decided to look at the German archives and to see how accessible they are. It turned out there were no special restrictions. I wrote an email to Germany's state archives and said I was interested in the period, notifying them of my field of interest. I received a list of cases I could look at more thoroughly, and I did this. It took me two days," said Mažylis.

Presided by Jonas Basanavičius, the Council of Lithuania signed the Independence Act in Vilnius on February 16 of 1918.

New rector of Vilnius University elected

Rimvydas Petrauskas , dean of Vilnius University 's Faculty of History, has been elected its rector...

Lukiskes prison in Vilnius gears up for popular Netflix's series

The 4th season of the Netflix drama Stranger Things will be shot in Vilnius , with preparations...

Lukiškės Prison: bringing the past into the future

The prison complex in Lukiškės has always been a multifunctional space. At the time of its...

Lithuanian actor and director Sabulis dies

Lithuanian theater and movie actor Remigijus Sabulis has died at the age of 65, his colleague...

Gaon and Gimbutiene anniversaries put on UNESCO list

The anniversaries of two people from Lithuania have been put on the UNESCO list of anniversaries for...

Top news

Crazy about coffee: Ukrainian is looking for best cafe in Vilnius (4)

Some people have a passion. For Ukrainian student Oleksandra Kyryliuk coffee is her number one...

Plans to commemorate Baltic Way by naming roads

Lithuania plans to commemorate the Baltic Way , which took place more than 30 years ago, by naming...

Official: ban on Ukrainian poultry imports won't affect our market

The European Commission's ban on imports of Ukrainian poultry meat and poultry products will have...

Foreign ministry advised against travel to central China due to coronavirus

The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry has advised Lithuanian citizens against traveling to China 's central...

Number of barred people up as immigration grows

The number of people barred to enter Lithuania rose last year, and the country's State Border Guard...