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.
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- Lithuania Independence Day in Vilnius, March 11 for freedomBy Marina MacrìMarch 11, 2023. Lithuania marks its 33rd anniversary of independence. Nobody could have thought that even this year the anniversary would have been a day not only to remember the regaining of the independence of the Baltic state in 1990, but also a day to support Ukraine after the outbreak of the war unleashed by the Russia Federation against a sovereign country. WATCH OUR REPORT https://youtu.be/UjrWSAgTX3k Vilnius, March 11 2023 March 11, it was raining […]
- Vilnius Light Festival, the Peaceful Revolution in LeipzigBy Marina MacrìOctober 1989. The wall in Berlin was still a reality. The Iron Curtain divided Europe. Thousands of people took to the streets in Leipzig, at that time part of the GDR (DDR) under the control of the Soviet Union, for asking freedom, human rights and reforms. “No violence”, “We are the people” the protesters shouted loudly. Although the situation was full of tension there were not arrest or provocations by the police or Stasi agents. WATCH OUR VIDEO […]
- Ludo Segers, Beguinages, a Story between Past and PresentBy Marina MacrìWe met Ludo Segers in Vilnius. Belgian photographer and journalist, mainly specialized in portraits and landscapes, but also in other photographic disciplines, he was exhibiting some of his works. In particular a beautiful report on the “Beguinages”. WATCH OUR VIDEO https://youtu.be/rVbOc1QdMAQ The community, made up only of women, today as in the past leads a secluded life in neighborhoods where houses are located besides other buildings […]
- Lithuania marks Armed Forces Day and its 104 anniversaryBy Marina MacrìOn November 23rd Lithuania marks the Armed Forced Day and this year the 104 Anniversary of the Restoration of the Armed Forces. […]
- Iron Wolf 2022 II by NATO in Lithuania, the largestBy Marina MacrìIn these last few weeks one of the largest multinational military exercises was held in the training area close to Pabradė in Lithuania. WATCH OUR VIDEO https://youtu.be/cIQsAQ9vZWk Thousand soldiers of different nationalities took part at the event, called Iron Wolf 2022 II, that involved the Lithuanian Iron Wolf Brigade’s and NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup Lithuania which has its headquarters in Rukla in the middle of the country. The eFP […]
The Lapteviečiai project – Voices from the Silence
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
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.