While President Obama himself does not have direct links to Lithuania, his half-brother’s grand-parents were both Litvak, Ida and Maurice Baker. Mr. Baker was born in Kaunas while his wife was born in Vilnius.
Obama’s father, also Barack, married a second time and his wife’s parents were both Litvaks – Ida and Maurice Baker.
The news comes as Obama’s Kenyan half-brother Mark Obama Ndesandjo has released a book in which he describes what he was told about his ancestors by his grandmother Ida.
She mentions that her father was Abraham Indurskis, a photographer who lived in Vilnius. Later, their family fearing pogroms emigrated to South Africa. Obama‘s father also emigrated to the country where he later met a daughter of the Lithuanian Jewish family and married her.