A single word that sums up the drama of the Lithuanians deported during the Soviet Regime. The Holy Mass to remember people who did not survive. Kaunas, St. Michael the Archangel.
- Sugihara Story, a brave manBy Marina MacrìJapanese people in Lithuania? On our first few trips, we were astounded when we learned about their presence. You could imagine our surprise when we met any foreigners, let alone Japanese people, as tourism in the area was not as common as it is today. We were very curious to know their stories – curiosity is what motivates us on any trip. We did a little digging online and stumbled upon the story of Chiune Sugihara, Japanese consul in the […]
- Vilnius and surrounding by hot-air balloonBy Marina MacrìHave you ever been in hot-air balloon? We tell you our exciting experience in Lithuania, above the capital Vilnius to almost Trakai, in our video. A wonderful summer evening. The preparation before the flight is even really thrilling: the unfold of the ginormous balloon, the air and the fire to inflate it and then… all together into the basket. Let’s go!!! WATCH OUR VIDEO https://youtu.be/ZwaUVCVuUVg […]
- Freedom Way, the Baltic Way for BelarusBy Marina MacrìA red flower and a flag white-red-white. In the day of the freedom way. August 23, 2020. In the same day of the celebration of the Baltic Way, the human chain 600 km long created by the Baltics in 1989 to protest against the Soviet Occupation, Lithuanians all over the world, together with Belarusians who have been living abroad, have planned many events to support the peaceful fight in Belarus WATCH OUR VIDEO In Lithuania, a big human chain connected […]
- Story of a picture: Lithuanian honey and the Vilnius marketBy Marina MacrìHoney, or “medus” in Lithuanian. We always find it on the tables of our Lithuanian hosts. They are really proud of their honey, as it comes from their land. It is often produced by their relatives or friends. We always buy a jar or two before heading back to Italy. It is a way of exploring the flavors of the country. Even if it’s from the same flower of the same plant, the honey still changes from one area to the other. Lime or millefiori, or any other […]
- Incredible story of the Lithuanian language under Czars and Soviet eraBy Marina MacrìSmugglers. “Criminals”. They were scholars, teachers, avid readers. They loved their country more than anything and they wanted to be Lithuanians. They became book smugglers to protect their identity, their traditions and the soul of Lithuania. They were the knygnešiai, the book carriers. From 1864 to 1904 they tried to keep the Lithuanian language alive, despite the efforts of the Czar who wanted to erase it. Because to conquer a nation, you have to […]
- Sigitas Tamkevičius interview-Catholic Church in the Soviet EraBy Marina MacrìIn October 2019, Archbishop Sigitas Tamkevičius from the diocese of Kaunas was raised to the rank of cardinal by Pope Francis. That was an unexpected appointment at the end of a journey that saw him fight for freedom each day under the Soviet occupation. Jailed for a few months at the infamous KGB headquarters in downtown Vilnius, Tamkevičius was given 10 years forced labor and exile in Siberia. He gives a priceless testimony. In the Eighties, the Soviet […]
You don’t get to choose the stories you tell. They choose you. They are there, in plain sight. Like Poe’s Purloined Letter, you don’t see them. Then, little by little, as an imperceptible destiny, your eyes meet them more and
We visited Lithuania for the first time in June 2005. The country had become a member of the EU just over a year before, together with the other two Baltic States: Latvia and Estonia. It is difficult to know exactly
Marina Macrì Journalist and photographer, is currently responsible of the editorial services at P.M. Studio and its website pmstudionews.com, dedicated to the world of Photo- graphy. She has produced a series of travel reports in different countries like Georgia, Lithuania,
Lithuania is a small country and covers an area of 65.300 square kilometres. If we compare it to Italy, the whole Lithuanian territory is similar to Veneto, Lombardy and Piedmont, all together.
It has less than 3 million people. There are over 600.000 Lithuanians who live abroad. A fifth reside in the United Kingdom, 5.8% in the USA. The Lithuanian American Community is the biggest in the world: about 700.000 people reside there.
Most of Lithuania is flat, with many forests and lakes. The Curonian Spit (Neringa in Lithuanian) is the Western border of the country. It is an amazing peninsula that divides the Curonian Lagoon form the Baltic Sea. Neringa is a long and narrow strip of land, 98 kilometres, 52 of them in Lithuanian territory. The rest belongs to Russia. It is Kaliningrad, a Russian enclave that borders with Lithuania.
At three o’clock in the morning of June 14th 1941, on Moscow’s orders, deportation began simultaneously in the three Baltic States of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The Chekists were mobilized in Belarus, Smolensk, Pskov… An unbroken chain of overcrowded trains, one after another, was heading East, carrying people, who for most part, would never return home.
Special thanks to Agnė Buckutė, responsible for the website ITLIETUVIAI.it, for helping us with this project.
Special thanks to Elena Refraschini, teacher and journalist, for helping us in English.