The Way We Lived Then

The Way We Lived Then

"To stay alive, to survive, took the greatest effort. It was the one activity that we all engaged in."Continue Reading →

A Mysterious Family, a Destroyed Community: Piecing Together the Kaunas Litvaks

A Mysterious Family, a Destroyed Community: Piecing Together the Kaunas Litvaks

"Kaunas during its famous ‘Golden Age’ between the wars was very much a Litvak city. "Continue Reading →

Fiction – This Is Not My Sky

Fiction – This Is Not My Sky

"Mama,” Cathy murmured into Maria's ear, “why did you give me away?”Continue Reading →

The Old Prussians: the Lost Relatives of Latvians and Lithuanians

The Old Prussians: the Lost Relatives of Latvians and Lithuanians

The Latvian and Lithuanian people have the Old Prussians to thank more than anyone else for their existence.Continue Reading →

Dissidence in Our Blood: Survival in a 1984 Soviet Bunker

Dissidence in Our Blood: Survival in a 1984 Soviet Bunker

“You, obviously, have got to play the dissident. You Lithuanian-Americans were all dissidents to the Soviets.”Continue Reading →

The Project to Restore the 200-Year-Old Jewish Cemetery Destroyed Under Soviet Rule

The Project to Restore the 200-Year-Old Jewish Cemetery Destroyed Under Soviet Rule

Under Soviet rule, tens of thousands of Jewish gravestones were ripped from the graves they marked at the historic "Old" and "New" Jewish cemeteriesContinue Reading →

Vilnius Through a 50mm Lens: A Year Photographing Lithuania’s Capital

Vilnius Through a 50mm Lens: A Year Photographing Lithuania’s Capital

Since last summer, the 50mm Vilnius blog has carried a daily photo of Lithuania's beautiful capital, showing one of its many different sides...Continue Reading →

Landscapes of Communism Revalued: An Interview with Owen Hatherley

Landscapes of Communism Revalued: An Interview with Owen Hatherley

In Landscapes of Communism, published earlier this year, Owen Hatherley turned his attention to the architecture of Communism across the former Eastern Bloc, including in the BalticsContinue Reading →

Living in a State of Non-History: Growing Up Lithuanian-American

Living in a State of Non-History: Growing Up Lithuanian-American

For almost half a century, my grandfather stubbornly maintained the New York Consulate of prewar independent Lithuania in a cramped rent-controlled apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.Continue Reading →

Forty Tatars in the Lithuanian Countryside: One Village’s 600 Years of Islamic History

Forty Tatars in the Lithuanian Countryside: One Village’s 600 Years of Islamic History

The most remarkable thing about these long forgotten heroes of Lithuanian history is their identity.Continue Reading →

The Baltic Revolution 25 Years On: An Interview with Anatol Lieven

The Baltic Revolution 25 Years On: An Interview with Anatol Lieven

Anatol Lieven was the only Western journalist permanently stationed in the Baltic states during the most dramatic years of their struggle for independence.Continue Reading →