Freedom! Not This Time
1918 Germany, Lithuania and Russia. Try to imagine Germany as a Mother, Lithuania as a daughter, Russia as a Father. Germany and Russia agree that they don’t see a future as a couple and decide to divorce. So the question is: To whom does the daughter, Lithuania, belong? Mother says,‘its mine’, Father says,‘its mine’. And the daughter decides she wants to live an independent life and leaves a note to her parents saying that she is now independent. Oh, those teenagers…
I am simplifying things, but basically the 16th February marks the day that Lithuania published the Act of Independence of Lithuania proclaiming the restoration of an independent State, governed by democratic principles, with Vilnius as its capital.
In 1920 Lithuania and Russia signed a peace pact but it was short lived, lasting only until the war in 1941. Why? Because ‘we like war, we are war like people’.
Happy 16th February!