WEEKLY VISIT TO THE MUSEUM
July 21, 2021
The Struggle for Vilnius
Photograph of Lithuanian Legion of America
The Darius Girėnas Chapter of the Lithuanian Legion of America, probably based in New York, included men who had fought for Lithuania. Konstantinas Jurgėla is second from left in the first row. Jurgėla fought in several battles, earned degrees in history and law, and worked as a lawyer, translator and correspondent.
This broadside, printed and circulated by students at various Illinois universities, protested the illegal occupation by Poland of Vilnius and adjacent territories. The harsh portrayal of what the Poles had done reflected the depth of feeling that this loss of the ancient capital had for Lithuanians.
Fundraising for the Vilnius cause
This pass book was issued in 1932 by the Vilniaus Geležinis Fondas (The Iron Fund for Vilnius). Organized to fight for the liberation of Vilnius, the Fund, issued this book to encourage individual donations to the cause. Supporters would purchase the books and then buy stamps to paste into the various pages. This particular book was never used. The stamps feature Jonas Basanavicius, one of the country’s leaders and a signatory on the February 16, 1918 declaration of independence.
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The Balzekas Museum gratefully acknowledges these grantors as well as the members and private donors whose contributions support museum programs and activities.