The Great Vilnius Synagogue
History

Bankruptcy of the Jewish community in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania

Ideas about tremendous wealth of the Jews, their well-being, which was thought to have been created by incurring losses on the Christians, was prevalent in the society of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania ( GDL and later periods). The reality, however, was quite different. Only a small part of the Jews was successful business people, the majority of them that engaged in small businesses, trade and crafts could hardly make both ends meet. […]

A knight
History

War Tourism in the 14 Century: what were European knights looking for in Lithuania?

The Teutonic Order was the first Western Christian state that Lithuania came into contact with. The members of the ecclesiastical knights’ order came from the Holy Lands in the 13th century to Prussia and Livonia still not knowing at the beginning that a minor part of their endeavors would gradually turn into the Order’s territorial state. It was only because of their setbacks (in the Holy Land, Hungary, and Cyprus) that forced the knights to focus their energy on the Baltic region. […]

the Homeland Union-Lithuanian Christian Democrats Political Group in the Seimas
History

Motives behind recognising the Communist Party as a criminal organisation

The Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, on June 26 adopted a Resolution recognising the Lithuanian Communist Party (LCP), which functioned during the Soviet occupation in Lithuania, as a criminal organisation. A similar draft resolution was initiated in the Seimas two years ago, however, the former ruling coalition rejected it without a consideration. This time, the Resolution won support of a vast majority of Members and was adopted with only one vote against, the Homeland Union-Lithuanian Christian Democrats Political Group in the Seimas said in a press release. […]

Grand Duke and Kind Mindaugas
History

Looking for their place under the sun: Lithuanian refugees in the West and East

What were the first immigrants running away from? In 1268 Lithuanian noble Šiukšta (nobilis Suxe) was baptized with the name of Nicholas in Riga. He took an oath of vassal dependence to the local archbishop, and gave him his patrimonial holdings in Nalšia and received them back from the archbishop as a feudal fief. At the time Lithuania was dealing with internal conflicts after the killing of King Mindaugas. […]

Kazys Škirpa
History

Kazys Skirpa: Saviour of Independence or Perpetrator of Crimes against Humanity

Kazys Skirpa (1895 – 1979) was the head of the Lithuanian Activist Front (LAF) and whom in 1941 rebels declared the prime minister of an independent Lithuania. It is worth reading and making known a […]

Russian Ambassador Alexander Udaltsov
CORPORATE

Russian ambassador: Lithuania owes Russia 72 billion US dollars

After another May passed placing a flower crown placed near the monument commemorating those that had perished during Lithuania’s road to freedom, with the before mentioned action the Russian ambassador to Lithuania Alexander Udaltsov raised quite a few eyebrows: could the denier of Lithuania’s occupation, Moscow have changed its mind and is finally admitting the historic fact with all of its potential consequences? The newest interview with the Russian Ambassador to Lithuania dispelled such hopes. […]

Žydų (Jews) street in Vilnius
History

The Jewish Quarter in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania – isolation or privilege?

Quarters comprising of several streets that were designed along religious, ethnic or professional lines were a regular way of life in European cities during the Middle Ages. Thus the settling of Jews, who employed the use of a section of the city that was delegated to them by law did not go counter to the pattern that had developed for settling in cities. Orthodox believers, Germans, Jews, butchers, glass makers and others who established themselves in Great Duchy of Lithuania (GDL) cities divided up living space in a similar manner. Thus Jews brought traditions to the GDL that were typical for them in the quarters they lived, traditions that coincided with other trends that managed to express themselves in GDL cities. […]

Night sky in Kernavė
History

Origins of the Kernavė’s thunder God Perkūnas

A bearded, long haired man with an austere face that is depicted by a 12 cm bronze sculpture is the most famous archeological find over the last 150 years, which made Kernavė famous. The man’s nakedness is covered with a cloth kerchief which is draped over his right hand and turned over hi s hips. We see an object of unclear origins in his elevated left hand that is decorated with wavy lines; in his right hand, the man is also holding something, however only a hole in the hand remains. There is a vertical hole one and a half centimeters in diameter in the sculpture. By the middle of the 19th century, they believed that they’d found in Kernavė, a sculpture of the pagan god of Thunder, Perkūnas. […]

Romuvan Pagan Ceremony in Lithuania, ii Wikipedia
History

Charms and superstitions of pagan Lithuanians

Lithuania remained pagan until the late Middle Ages and, as such, was an object of curiosity as well as hostility for Christian Europe. Paganism, wrote thirteenth-century Franciscan scholar Bartholomew the Englishman, was “ritus mirabilis”. Christian scholars who described pagan rituals did not shy away from negative stereotyping, although sometimes their writings give neutral, almost ethnographic descriptions.

To read this article, try a €5.99 monthly subscription by clicking here. […]