A substantial part of Lithuanian society justifies the sins of national heroes who fought and especially of those who died in order to achieve independence. Nevertheless, independence is not, by definition, the highest moral value. The higher one is God – those who consider themselves irreligious can call it conscience or simply humaneness. From this point of view, Tomas Venclova, a poet, writer, dissident, public intellectual whose personal biography reflects the intricate history of the 20th century, frequently criticizes such Lithuanian historical figures as Kazys Škirpa, Jo...
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