Vilnius Tries to Find Brits to Hug Ahead of Referendum

Vilnius Tries to Find Brits to Hug Ahead of Referendum

Without the EU, I would not have been employed by Vilnius Municipality.Continue Reading →

The Hill of Crosses: A Monument to the Defiant Spirit of Lithuania

The Hill of Crosses: A Monument to the Defiant Spirit of Lithuania

“Thank you, Lithuanians, for this hill of crosses which testifies to the nations of Europe, and to the whole world, the faith of the people of this land.”Continue Reading →

Tapping Trees, Drinking Light: Baltic Birch Juice

Tapping Trees, Drinking Light: Baltic Birch Juice

For Lithuanians, forests were and are sacred places, with some venerable groves being even more sacred than others.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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →