Moacir P. de Sá Pereira on September 16th, 2010

The conservative Eastern European dogma of “dual genocide,” which argues that (take your pick) the hammer and sickle is equal to the swastika or that red is equal to brown, was denounced in a sympathetic Jonathan Freedland article in The Guardian a few days ago. ((Freedland points out that the swastika has been salvaged as […]

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Moacir P. de Sá Pereira on January 8th, 2010

One of my favorite movies of 2008 was Edward Zwick’s Defiance. I didn’t particularly like it because of its cinematic qualities—though the color, photography, and performances by the two leads (pictured) were excellent—but, rather, for the way it subverts in its retelling a story familiar to every child of the Lithuanian Diaspora: the fight of […]

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Moacir P. de Sá Pereira on December 4th, 2008

I saw the two articles pop up a few weeks ago in which Valdas Adamkus asserted that someday Soviet and Nazi attrocities will be held at the same level. The occasion for his remarks was his address at an observance of the 75th anniversary of the Holodmor, the Stalin-era famine that killed a large portion […]

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Moacir P. de Sá Pereira on September 5th, 2008

Yesterday I found an article about Galina Lavrenčiuk, who had been arrested and fined for selling Soviet memorabilia on Pilies gatvė (English version). Apparently the Seimas passed a law in July that forbids public use of Soviet and Nazi symbols outside of educational/historical purposes (more or less). Zuokas already wrote in with his being bewildered […]

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Moacir P. de Sá Pereira on April 21st, 2008

[This is a hastily assembled translation of the article, “Tolerantiški lietuviai — grėsmė senajai išeivijai” by Mykolas Gudelis, published in Vakarai. I’m providing the translation here for those (both who consider themselves Lithuanian and not) who care about these sorts of issues. The translation is reprinted here with permission from Vakarai. Personally, anyone who read […]

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Moacir P. de Sá Pereira on March 14th, 2008

A sign: if one promises to write a three-part post and can barely push the first part out in a timely manner, that post should probably be dropped. So considering that since V-16, Kovo 11 has come and gone without my finishing my article on why V-16 is not a holiday I’m particularly eager to […]

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Moacir P. de Sá Pereira on May 11th, 2007

After a day spent learning about 20th Century German history, my friends and I decided to lighten things up with a jaunt through the Tiergarten in Berlin, on our way to the Reichstag building in the summer of 2003. Rather surprisingly, while cutting across the heavily wooded space, we came upon a two Red Army […]

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Moacir P. de Sá Pereira on February 21st, 2007

Nothing sets off an identity crisis like a millennial jubilee! Lithuania continues to play the role of jittery bride in the run up to the celebrations of 2009. First, we’ve had the problems over the question of why citizens of the Republic Lithuania must be citizens of the Republic of Lithuania alone (the propagandized diaspora […]

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Moacir P. de Sá Pereira on April 17th, 2006

As I was leaving LT Days last year, a guy came up to me and got on my case about the shirt I was wearing, which, against the field of a giant red star, featured Proudhon‘s slogan, “Property is theft” in 12 different languages. I don’t remember precisely what the fellow said—but it was critical […]

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