The Real History of Lithuania in the 20th Century Rokas Tracevskis

The Real History of Lithuania in the 20th Century

Published: 2013

ISBN: 9786098037319

Number of pages: 192

Dimensions: 115 mm x 200 mm

Cover: Paperback/softback

Publisher: Lietuvos gyventojų genocido ir rezistencijos tyrimo centras

The Real History of Lithuania in the 20th Century is for those interested in the history of Lithuania. Some parts of this history are seen through the eyes of one of its witnesses, Rokas Tracevskis. Actually, this is a mixture of an academic book on history, and a book of memoirs by witnesses. There are lots of photos: the key political figures who influenced the history of Lithuania in the 20th century, the Soviet terror, the Nazi occupation, the Holocaust, post-WWII anti-Soviet guerrillas, Soviet-era deportees, Communist bosses, Soviet monuments, everyday Soviet life, the Singing Revolution, and the Soviet army attack in January 1991 – some of them are frightening, while some other photos are quite humorous or surrealistic.


During the coup of August 1991, Egidijus Bičkauskas, diplomatic representative of independent Lithuania in Moscow back in 1991, got an invitation from the U.S. ambassador in Moscow to hide in the U.S. embassy, but Bičkauskas rejected the American proposal because he was sure about the coming victory of Lithuania and its Russian allies. The Russia of Boris Yeltsin (who, unlike Gorbachev, was elected in a nationwide election to the post of Russia’s president) already before the coup recognized the independence of Lithuania, and even the fact of the Soviet’s illegal annexation of Lithuania in 1940, by signing the Lithuanian-Russian treaty of July 29, 1991 (it is the only treaty of Russia with a Baltic country with such condemnation of Soviet annexation and, therefore, it is the only international treaty hidden from contemporary Russian youth studying diplomacy in Moscow). The treaty was ratified by the Russian parliament soon after the failed communist coup of August 1991.

Rokas Tracevskis

Rokas Tracevskis, senior researcher of external information field at the National Library of Lithuania, is a political analyst who gives his analyses, prognoses and advice on foreign affairs (in the EU and beyond) to the Foreign Ministry of Lithuania and the Parliament of Lithuania.

Tracevskis is a Vilnius-based member of the Baltic Studies Section at the University of Milan. He has also worked in the European Commission and the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry.

However, almost all during his career, he has been a journalist in the international English-language media – The Baltic Times, Transitions Online and other newspapers, magazines and internet sites – and he wrote several books in English on the history of Lithuania:
Siberia. Mass Deportations from Lithuania to the USSR;
The Unknown War. Armed Anti-Soviet Resistance in Lithuania in 1944–1953;
The Manor of Horror: the Soviet-era Mass Grave in Vilnius;
The Real History of Lithuania in the 20th Century.

His books were published in English, Russian, Italian and Finnish languages in Lithuania, Italy and Finland. On March 6, 2015, he presented his Italian-language book: The Unknown War / La guerra sconosciuta in the Parliament of Italy in Rome.

Other books by Rokas Tracevskis


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