Vytautas the Great (1350–1430) and Duchess Ona (1392–1418) by unknown German illustrator, 16-century drawing

When geography is not enough – three Lithuanian paths to Europe

In her latest book, Three Lithuanian Europes: the Nation, Europe, and the EU in Modern Identity, philosopher Nerija Putinaitė‘s quest to flag the wellsprings of Lithuanians’ European identity guides readers from the real demise of an imaginary pre-historic golden age, to a barbarian king’s Latin baptism and festive 500th anniversary celebrations of Vytautas, Duke of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. […]

Rachil Kostanian - one of the founders of the Museum and the Holocaust Exhibition welcomes all guests and shares her memories about Dmitri Gelpern

“He was like a captain of a ship,” Kaunas ghetto resistance leader commemorated at Holocaust Exhibit

The Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum Holocaust Exhibit, housed in a traditional wooden green house on Pamėnkalnio gatvė, commemorated the 70th anniversary of the liquidation of the Kaunas ghetto on 30 September. The commemoration was scheduled to coincide with the centennial of the birth of the museum’s co-founder and Kaunas ghetto leader, Dmitrijus Gelpernas. […]

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Returning to the land of their grandparents, diaspora learners spend a summer studying Lithuanian at Vilnius University

Schoolchildren throughout Lithuania were looking smart and bearing the traditional gift of flowers for their teachers on 1 September, the first day of school. In Canada, the US, Thailand, and other nations, a slightly older group of Lithuanian students have returned from a summer at Vilnius University studying the language of their grandparents. […]

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LBTQI Sapfo Fest: “To be out and proud is the long-term goal”

Almost 200 participants are gathering 60 kilometers from Vilnius for Sapfo Fest, Lithuania’s third annual grassroots LBTQI (lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex) festival meeting on the grounds of Šironija, a country homestead in Papiškiai, from 25 to 27 July. […]

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Litvak lenses influenced sensibilities of Nobel prize winning author Nadine Gordimer

Earlier this week the media honoured Nadine Gordimer, a Nobel and Man Booker prize winning novelist with a wealth of obituaries. Gordimer died at the age of 90 on 13 July in her native South Africa. Reverent fans and curious new readers peppered social networks with quotations highlighting her defence of human rights and literary bravery in the face of censorship. […]