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Samogitia Mea Patria
Samogitia Mea Patria
by Leo L Algminas
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.99
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A memoir of war, terror, family and hope, March 1, 2015
This review is from: Samogitia Mea Patria (Paperback)
A fascinating, true story about a Lithuanian family being forced from their home during World War II, as told from the point of view of the youngest son. We experience his fear and confusion about the horrific and frightening events unfolding around him, as well as the ordinary moments that make the days more bearable -- swimming in a lake at sunset, exploring new and mysterious surroundings, singing with fellow scouts, sharing precious food with new acquaintances. It is interesting to read about how, despite the circumstances of war, people find strength from within and from family to forge ahead and make a life, no matter what terrible surprises life has in store.

The Crimson Blight
The Crimson Blight
by Ona Eirosiute Algminiene
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.82
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable history and cultural lessons still resonate after 70 years, July 30, 2014
This review is from: The Crimson Blight (Paperback)
Faith tested, families broken and strengthened, friendships questioned, authority doubted...these themes are timeless and yet still feel relevant now in The Crimson Blight, which paints a compelling picture of Lithuanian life leading up to and during the first Soviet invasion of 1940. We can relate, even though the events occurred decades ago, in a place most people have never been, in circumstances we can hardly fathom.

War is looming and the residents of Telsiai, young and old, are anxious about what it means for them. Their love for their country, with all of its ethnic, cultural and religious traditions, remains their anchor as the Red Army rumbles into town in their tanks and attempts to impose its communist ideology, effectively ending life as the Lithuanians have come to know it.

This is a story of war, but it isn't told in terms of military battles won or lost but in terms of the courage and determination of ordinary people who are trying to make sense of events that are beyond their control. As they struggle with heartwrenching choices and fight to preserve their way of life and retain their dignity, it becomes clear that the casualties of war extend far beyond those who have been exiled and murdered.

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