Back to Shul: Capturing the Uses of Lithuania’s 100 Former Synagogues

Back to Shul: Capturing the Uses of Lithuania’s 100 Former Synagogues

"I visited and photographed former synagogues in 59 Lithuanian towns, villages and cities whose contemporary uses include churches, funeral parlours, shops, hairdressers..."Continue Reading →

Naissaar: the Estonian “Island of Women” Once an Independent Socialist Republic

Naissaar: the Estonian “Island of Women” Once an Independent Socialist Republic

"They announced the creation of an independent socialist republic, the Soviet Republic of the Sailors and Builders of the Fortress of Naissaar Island"Continue Reading →

Higher Education in a Post-War Refugee Camp: The Baltic University

Higher Education in a Post-War Refugee Camp: The Baltic University

"He was truly amazed, if not perhaps shocked, that people, refugees, were not only thinking of creating a university, but were actually organising it."Continue Reading →

Pagan Faith, Accelerated Technology: A Walk on Estonia’s Muhu Island

Pagan Faith, Accelerated Technology: A Walk on Estonia’s Muhu Island

Organised religion, imported by a series of invaders and occupiers, was never able to fully repress pagan traditions in Estonia.Continue Reading →

How the Children of Baltic Refugees to Britain are Rediscovering their Roots

How the Children of Baltic Refugees to Britain are Rediscovering their Roots

"When my grandfather died, my father stopped speaking Latvian... he had no-one to speak to"Continue Reading →

Long Hair and Bell-Bottoms Behind the Iron Curtain: Soviet Hippies

Long Hair and Bell-Bottoms Behind the Iron Curtain: Soviet Hippies

"A record was a holy thing that would go from hand to hand, recorded over and over on reel tapes."Continue Reading →

ЛАЙФ V КАЙФ or How to Trip in the Soviet Union

ЛАЙФ V КАЙФ or How to Trip in the Soviet Union

The Estonian director Terje Toomistu, who has recently completed a documentary about the hippie movement in the Soviet Union, writes about drug culture behind the Iron Curtain.Continue Reading →

Stephan Collishaw: Turning Lithuania’s Troubled Past into Fiction

Stephan Collishaw: Turning Lithuania’s Troubled Past into Fiction

British author Stephan Collishaw has been closely involved with Lithuania since moving there on a whim in the mid-'90s.Continue Reading →

Fiction – The Song of the Stork

Fiction – The Song of the Stork

The Song of the Stork tells the story of Yael, a fifteen-year-old Jewish girl separated from her family on the Polish-Lithuanian border during World War IIContinue Reading →

Gatis Krūmiņš: Debunking Myths of Soviet Investment in the Baltics

Gatis Krūmiņš: Debunking Myths of Soviet Investment in the Baltics

Krūmiņš's calculations appear to show that, actually, Latvia – in common with all of the Baltic states – was a net contributor to the Soviet budgetContinue Reading →

Frontnieki: the Formation of the Latvian National Communists Who Challenged Moscow

Frontnieki: the Formation of the Latvian National Communists Who Challenged Moscow

Who exactly were these national communists and how did they form a faction that presented the greatest challenge to Soviet Centre-periphery relations in the post-war era?Continue Reading →

How Baltic Refugees Returned from North American Exile to Lead their Countries

How Baltic Refugees Returned from North American Exile to Lead their Countries

“My parents fled terror in Estonia in World War Two, which is why I have this accent.”Continue Reading →