PERLOJA - "While we may be only few gathered here, the people we see today are the most loyal, the most patriotic. Let us be patriots of our Republic of Perloja."So one of the most fascinating footnotes of modern East European history was commemorated on Nov. 23 in this small and otherwise unremarkable Lithuanian town.Eighty-five years ago, in exactly the same place that Virginijus Klimciauskas, principal of Perloja's school, greeted a small clutch of his fellow villagers on a sunny autumn afternoon, the residents of this tiny town bravely tried to take their affairs into their own hands...
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