Past, Present and Future Perspectives: The Poles in Lithuania 1938 and 2011

Giedrius Janauskas (Vytautas Magnus University)

The main focus of this paper is related to two significant dates. The first is the 1938 Polish ultimatum to Lithuania and the reaction of Lithuania‘s Polish community. The second is the year 2011 and the fight for Polish national minority rights in Lithuania. The comparison is based on the evaluation of the political situation, the position of Lithuania‘s Polish community, and the Lithuanian—as the majority group—attitude   toward the rising disputes. The question about future development of Polish-Lithuanian relationship depends on many factors. This presentation examines some of them:  state politics, the process of civil society formation, and memory.

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