On March 6, a Ph.D. student from the University of Glasgow, Gintarė Venzlauskaitė, stopped at the National Library of Lithuania to talk about her research, entitled “From the post-war West to the post-Soviet East: manifestations of deportations, collective memory and experience of Lithuanian diaspora.” Recently, she came back from the United States where she interviewed 30 Lithuanian emigres, or so called DPs, people displaced at the end of World War II. Currently, Gintarė is finishing her Russian trip that has lasted for 2 months and stretched over 16 cities, towns and villages, making it 17,000 km-long. In Siberia, she has been collecting testimonies from Lithuanian survivors of massive deportations of the Stalin era.
On March 3, the National Library of Lithuania welcomed the traveling photo exhibition,“Lithuanian Switzerland,” organized by the Lithuanian Community in Switzerland. The chairman of the Lithuanian Community in Switzerland, Jūratė Caspersen, opened the exhibition.
The exhibition was created to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Lithuania’s statehood restoration. Since July 17th of last year, it has been traveling across Lithuania, visiting cities and towns, cultural centers, educational and scientific institutions, museums and libraries.
The photographs, shot by Swiss-Lithuanians, depict their life and activities, while fostering national identity, language, culture and traditions in Switzerland.