18 July 2019, 4pm at the conference room of the VAA Nida Art Colony launch of the English translation of the book “Migrants and Refugees on the Curonian Spit” by Prof Dr Vasilijus Safronovas will take place.
The event will be attended by the author, the historian Dr Tomas Balkelis and the initiator of the book Dr Rasa Antanavičiūtė. It will be conducted in Lithuanian and English.
“Since the times of the Prussian philosopher and naturalist Wilhelm von Humboldt, the Curonian Spit has been called a woodland paradise, the gem of the kingdom of dunes and a wonder of nature. For most authors, the spit was valuable primarily because of its beautiful landscape. But why do we call it ‘Curonian’? Who were, and are, its inhabitants? We are invited here to reconsider the prevailing images, and see the peninsula as a place of constant migration, an area that was almost completely depopulated as a consequence of the Second World War, and the resettlement of which was exceptional in the postwar Lithuanian context.”
Fragment of a photo by Vytautas Augustinas