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18 November 2017
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LITHUANIA
A country you may think you know – but do you really?

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EUROPE'S LARGEST COUNTR 

 

1. Lithuania was a world super power (1300-1600) – much longer than USA has been – stretching from the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea, considered Europe's largest country by then.
http://vilnews.com/?p=326

 

A HAVEN OF TOLERANCE

 

2. Gediminas (1275-1341) – founder of Vilnius and the first Grand Duke of the family of Lithuanian rulers during 300 years– made Lithuania a 'haven of tolerance' according to British historian Norman Davies.
http://vilnews.com/?p=886

 

STOPPING THE MONGOLS

 

3. Lithuania (the Grand Duchy) was the country stopping the Golden Hordes (the Mongols) from invading Europe (late 1300s)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Battle_of_Blue_Waters

 

LAST TO BE CHRISTIANISED

4. Lithuania was the last European country to be Christianised (around 1400), and Paganism is still going strong here. Even Christian crosses sometimes contain pagan elements (sun, flowers, grass snakes).
http://vilnews.com/?author=4&paged=13

 

CRIMEAN-TURKIC PEOPLES

5. Karaims – the Turkic-Crimean people who guarded the Grand Dukes – came to Lithuania in 1397 – and the Trakai town (at the castle) near Vilnius is now their world capital.
http://vilnews.com/?p=2942

 

JERUSALEM OF THE NORTH

6. Napoleon Bonaparte named Vilnius Jerusalem of the North when he arrived here in 1812. Lithuanian Jews (the Litvaks) had an extraordinary life here for 600 years.
http://vilnews.com/?p=608
http://vilnews.com/?p=2616

 

EXCEPTIONAL ITALIAN INFLUENCE

7. Vilnius is the world's most Italian city outside Italy... Lithuania and Italy share a very unique common history.
http://vilnews.com/?p=2927

 

LANGUAGE CLOSE TO SANSKRIT

 

8. The languages Old Sanskrit and Lithuanian are having the same Indo-European roots. Incredible similarities between Indian and Lithuanian cultures since the early civilisations.
http://vilnews.com/?p=4425

  

NATIONAL REBIRTH
1918-1940

 

9. Lithuania declared independence in 1918, after 123 years of mostly Russian occupation. The interwar years were very successful and the country prospered immensely. Kaunas was the capital for the period 1919-1940, after Poland occupied Vilnius and southern Lithuania.
http://vilnews.com/?p=3545

 

300.000 DEPORTED TO SIBERIA 

 

10. During 1940–1953, some 132.000 Lithuanians were deported to remote areas of the USSR. More than 70% were women and children. 30.000 died there due to climate, hard slave work and starvation. 50.000 were not able to return to Lithuania. During the same period, another 200.000 people were prisoned and 150.000 of them were sent to Siberian Gulags.
http://vilnews.com/?p=335
http://vilnews.com/?p=2168 

 

HOLOCAUST KILLED 95%

11. The Holocaust in Nazi-occupied Lithuania resulted in the near total destruction of Lithuania's Jewish population. Out of more than 200.000, around 95% were murdered during WWII, the most tragic, worst example of Holocaust in the whole world.
http://vilnews.com/?p=600

 

 

PARTISAN WAR 1944-1953

12. 22.000 Lithuanian 'forest brothers' and 70.000 Soviet soldiers were killed in modern Europe's longest and bloodiest guerrilla war, after the Balts withdrew into the woods to organize their powerful armed partisan resistance when the Soviet Union re-occupied the Baltic States in 1944.
http://vilnews.com/?p=5391

 

SOVIET'S SILICON VALLEY 

 

13. Post-war Lithuania became known as the Soviet Silicon Valley, and also today this country enjoys a very strong research and development sector. Lithuanian world-class specialists cooperate with NASA, NATO, Volvo, Saab, Philips, and many others in the fields of biotechnology, biochemistry, laser optics, chemistry, physics, etc.
http://vilnews.com/?p=975

 

SINGING REVOLUTION
1987-1991

14. The Singing Revolution – that between 1987 and 1991 led to the restoration of the independence of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, culminating with the Soviet attack in January 1991 and the Union's fall later same year. In august 1989, two million people joined hands to form a human chain spanning over 600 km (370 mi) across the three Baltic States.
http://vilnews.com/?p=3642

  

50% LIVE ABROAD

15. Former President Valdas Adamkus was one among the tens of thousands fleeing Lithuania at the end of WWII. Chicago is counted as Lithuania's 2nd largest city, and it is estimated that around one million Lithuanians live in the U.S. A new wave of emigration started in 1991, and one expects that half of all Lithuanians now live outside their home land.
http://vilnews.com/?p=2071
http://vilnews.com/?p=4086

 

LITVAKS IN THE WORLD 

 

16. During the 19th and 20th century, hordes of Lithuanian Jews emigrated to the U.S. and South Africa (90% of its 100.000 Jewish population are from Lithuania). Litvaks are today playing leading roles worldwide.
http://vilnews.com/?page_id=152


VILNIUS CATCHES AND CHANGES YOUR SOUL!

Russian writer Daniil Granin


17. Paris has its Eiffel Tower. London its bridges. Rome has the Colosseum. Washington has the White House, and Berlin its Brandenburg Gate. Vilnius has its wonderful, mysterious Old Town with narrow, winding streets, courtyards, cellars, smells, music of all kinds, and the very atmosphere of 700 years development of a Mediterranean-like city far away from mainstream Europe...

http://vilnews.com/?p=1549
http://vilnews.com/?p=1713

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