© 1956 Lithuanian
Students Association, Inc.
Editor in Chief: L. SabaliŻnas
LITHUANIAN AFFAIRS IN THE AMERICAN PRESS
by L. VALIUKAS
friendship, Nixon hoped "other nations will
study this example carefully and realize what it means to walk side by
side with the United States of America. Let them contrast your strength
and security with the fate of small nations who were not united with us
in mutual alliances. You are independent. But are Latvia, Estonia and
Lithuania independent? Is there any freedom in East Germany, Poland,
Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Rumania, Bulgaria and Albania?
— Richard Nixon, TIME, July 16, 1956.
"How much liberty is there in North Korea or North Viet Nam? What has
happened to ancient Tibet? We must all frankly face this question:
Where there is a threat of Communist colonial imperialism is a nation
really safe in striking out alone?"
Under the Iron
Heel of Dictatorship
But when free elections
are proposed the Reds always refuse or take
evasive action. Of the various countries overrun by the Reds in
sweeping back the tide of Hitlerism, only one has been allowed its own
choice of government and that one has chosen a non-Communist pattern of
life. We refer to Austria. The others — Bulgaria, Hungary,
Poland, Rumania, Czechoslovakia, Lithuania, Latvia, Esthonia, East
Germany —all are held under the iron heel of dictatorship, in
direct violation of Russian pledges.
— THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, June 23,
Free Election in Russia's Colonies
Just take your claws off
East Germany, boys, and permit the unification
of that key country. Then give your Kremlin okay to genuine free
elections in Russia's colonies—Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia,
Romania. Hungary, the Baltic States, etc. Words are fine, but if B
& K really crave those "good relations" with the free world,
they'd better come up with some authentic, reassuring deeds.
— DAILY NEWS, New York, N. Y., May
Bring along your
stamina. You'll need it if you get caught in the
"Malunas" or "Grand Mill." It's a sort of Lithuanian rock'n roll with
slightly more rugged overtones.
— Eleanor Roberts, THE BOSTON
POST, June 14, 1956.
When you finish—well, it's a little like having a Finish
bath. The Lithuanian Folk Dancers of South Boston don't think so,
though. To the gay strains of the accordion they bend their bodies into
figures depicting carts bringing grain for grinding and before the
dance is over they've acted out the entire milling process. And with no
more effort than devouring a hunk of wonderful Lithuanian kelbarse.
If you're troubled with tension it's the "Malunas" for you. Or try the
"Kalvelis" (The Young Smithy)— with much mighty handclapping.
Perfect escape valve! Liberate you? Brrruther, the swift-winged swallow
will be a member of the chain gang compared to you.
When the Soviet Union
took over the Baltic states of Latvia, Esthonia
and Lithuania they experienced a reaction common where a dictatorial
power seizes and enslaves its weaker neighbors. Hard cores of
resistance were formed among the people and the resistance has remained.
— THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, June 7,
It has burned most strongly in the youth of these countries; so
strongly that Russia has felt compelled to announce a resettlement
program, disguised as a colonization project. Some 100,000 young men
and women from these captive countries are to be shifted to sparsely
settled areas of the Soviet Union; another 180,000 are to be moved from
the Ukraine to regions in or near Archangelsk, Karelia and the Komi
Republic in the north.
Russia pretends, of course, that she is moving the young people from
their homes in densely populated regions to areas where there are more
room and opportunity. But Russia's program is not colonization; it is a
form of genocide. Free nations, and the neutral ones, ought to keep
this in mind when "they see the smiling faces of Khrushchev and
In 1939, the Kremlin
made its pact with Hitler, and divided up Poland
with Germany. The Russians attacked Finnland the same year, and wound
up that war in 1940 with part of Finnland's territory. In 1940, Russia
moved in on the tiny Baltic nations and gobbled up Lithuania, Latvia,
and Estonia. These land grabs brought 6.5 million more non-Russian
people under Russian rule.
— U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT,
May 25, 1956.
In the years immediately following World War n, Moscow set up puppet
governments of Communists in East Germany, Poland, Outer Mongolia,
Albania, Bulgaria and Hungary.
In 1948, Russia backed a Red coup in Czechoslovakia, and that country
joined the list of Russian colonies. In Rumania, Communists ousted the
king, and Rumania was added to Moscow's list of satellites. Another
puppet regime was set up in North Korea.
Russian-backed armies took over China in 1949. Red China also backed a
Communist uprising in Indochina and, in 1954, Northern Vietnam fell
behind the Iron Curtain.