Myth Of The 20th Century – Episode 24: Lithuania, Crossroads Of The Baltic

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Notes:

Lithuania today is a country with fewer than 3 million people, but has a history stretching back thousands of years, with one of the oldest living Indo-European languages, and a heritage of being at the center of a constellation of empires, including that of Kiev-Rus and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. But as the 20th century progressed and the First World War came to a close, the small nation state sat precariously between two weakened but steadily rebuilding rivals – Germany and Russia. As the Second World War erupted in 1939, Lithuania was literally torn apart, as the two great armies rolled through. In some ways the war did not end for the Lithuanian people until 1953, when the last of the Forest Brother partisans submitted to Soviet occupation, and after nearly a third of their population had been forcibly removed to the gulag. When the Iron Curtain fell in 1990, Lithuania aligned itself more closely with the West and enjoyed an economic boom, joining NATO and the EU. As Europe today struggles with its economy and a demographic and migration crisis, however, Lithuania looks for ways to retain its sovereignty while maintaining its vitality.

Timeline:

1263-1569- Grand Duchy of Lithuania
1569-1795- Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth
1795-1914- Lithuania under Russian domination
1914-1918- Lithuania under German occupation during WWI
1918, February 16- Lithuanian Declaration of Independence
1921- refugees from Bolshevism flood across border; starving Peasants from Russia
1932- non-aggression pact signed
1939- Soviet Union demands a mutual assistance pact for nations on the Baltic
1939, October- Soviet Union demands access to bases, quarters garrisons
1940, June- Soviets claim being attacked, demand total occupation or annihilation
1940- puppet government setup, criminals let out of prison, assigned to police duty, NKVD losely monitored
1941- 14,000 shipped to Siberia for slave labor
1941- July – Nazis invade, welcomed by locals tired of Soviet occupation
1944- Soviets retake Lithuania
1944-1953- Forest Brothers guerrilla army attempts to expel the Soviet army
1991- Lithuania receives independence from the USSR
2004- Lithuania joins NATO and the EU
2007- Lithuania joins the Schengen Zone

References:

– True Lithuania – http://www.truelithuania.com/
– Partizanai: Istorija ir Dabartis [Partisans: History and Present] – http://www.partizanai.org/
– Tikros Istorijos – 1941 Birželio Sukilimas [True Stories – The June 1941 Uprising] – http://www.lrt.lt/mediateka/irasas/3261
– The Baltic Tragedy – Nazi and Soviet occupation in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x440cUS4uTU
– Tarpukario nepriklausomos Lietuvos konspektas (1918-1940) [Inter-war Independent Conspiracy of Lithuania (1918-1940)] – http://istorijai.lt/tarpukario-nepriklausomos-lietuvos-konspektas-1918-1940/

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7 Comments

  1. Splendid podcast, ladies and gentlemen.

  2. All lies, it do not say about huge economical growth after 1945 and till 1990, population increase almost twice. After joining EU it was enormous de industrialisation many skilled and educated workers left country.

    1. all lies, said viktor, the commie/russian faggot. huge economic growth under communism? you have to a dipshit if you think our economy would not be better of if we remained sovereign nation.

    2. Viktor, please address which sections we “lied” about.

      We did not address Soviet economic planning of Lithuania during this time period, as it was not of interest to us. It’s difficult to lie about something when it was never even a topic of discussion.

      Are you of the opinion that nihilistic industrialization and population suppression/replacement were helpful for the Baltic peoples in the long term? One proposition is that this period is actually responsible for disproportionately shifting the economic strengths of Lithuania without the necessary cultural shifts.

  3. What does Cathy mean by “there’s so much disinformation about Lebensraum” etc? Everything was straight from Hitler and the Nazi party’s mouth: Germans needed more living space, they were gonna move in and enslave whatever locals they needed and kill/starve the rest. Unless, of course, you’re gonna claim that the All Powerful Jewish Conspiracy planted all these documents during the war (to discredit the Nazis later, after they were defeated, uh, or something), and that Hitler & the Wehrmacht invaded Eastern Europe to fight for freedom and give people massages.

    Sounds like she’s just dodging the issue so not to offend the 1488 Hitler apologists, most of whom are Burgers with zero connection to the destruction of WW2. She should be ashamed as a Lithuanian…

    1. I will pass on your comments to Cathy and allow her to respond.

  4. Side,

    Are you Lithuanian?

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