Fascist Tendencies in Lithuanian Politics to 1940
Grazulis, Marius K.
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In order to become more in tune to Lithuanian political behavior, this paper will explore the Lithuanian past from the Middle Ages to the loss of its independence to the Soviets in 1940. It will explore Lithuanian political behavior from the perspective of the fascist ideology. Those not very well acquainted with Lithuanian history may wonder why. From a Lithuanian's perspective, the question of fascism has haunted him since World War Two. In fact, to talk of such a subject is considered a taboo in the Lithuanian society. Having to find material on the subject of this paper I visited Chicago which holds the largest Lithuanian community outside of Lithuania. There, many people inquired my reasons for suddenly appearing in Chicago. Believe me, telling them the subject of my research was not easy. I wanted to generalize the title subject in order to not cause any negative reaction, but for the sake of honesty and the knowledge of certain reactions, I told the truth. I replied, "Fascism in the Lithuanian-American community (my initial endeavor." One person reacted by exclaiming, "Jesus Christ, did you have to choose that subject!" This reaction sums up the reaction of other Lithuanians I so kindly obliged to telling the truth. This paper hopefully will objectively show that Lithuanians politically have many fascist tendencies, but are not fascist. The authors used in the research agree with this tenet. Finally, this paper will hopefully open Lithuanian eyes to their political past and show them they do not have to apologize for any part of it.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email email@example.com to request access to this SIP.