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  • Envisioning the Invisible Front
    to Fugazi records while watching footage for IBM commercials it was then he decided that I want to make a film about our heritage Then in 2006 in one of these satisfying coincidences that make everything happen Vincas s sister attended a writing course with Jonas and a little later they met Almost ten years later hindered a little by the fact that neither is a full time film maker The Invisible Front is here It s low budget it s striking how often in the credits the same names recur but visually stunning with a thoroughly impressive cast very much a labour of love I mention the difficulties I had in trying to get hold of a copy to watch as it s currently only commercially available in the US who were their target audience for it It seems that initially as they thought it would be primarily the Lithuanian emigre community in the US they say that they had great concerns about showing it in Lithuania itself due to the fact that neither of the film makers experienced everyday life under the occupation as well as the film s refusal to be a tub thumping simplification what Vincas calls a good guys hurrah kind of film To be honest I thought the Lithuanians were going to throw tomatoes at us if we screened the film here says Vincas I grew up in America What the hell do I know I thought that we would not get the nuances or the understanding In fact as they told me it went down a lot better with people in Lithuania itself than with Lithuanian Americans who are more kneejerk patriotic and tended to resent the Soviet perspective being shown at all perhaps due to being able to keep their image of Lithuania perfect not being forced to acknowledge the imperfections and inconveniences of life in a real country In the end it won best Lithuanian film at the Kino Pavaris film festival in Vilnius and has been shown to acclaim all over the country The next step is Western Europe One of the interesting and actually strikingly moving aspects of the film is its willingness to include voices that contradict the underlying implicit argument the film makes these include a medal festooned Soviet veteran interviewed in Volgograd who speaks proudly about his attempts to defend the people of the region of northern Lithuania where he was assigned from the bandits attempting to destabilise the area Even more extraordinary is the interview with a stocky no nonsense Communist supporting farmer from Luksa s home village who is given a fair amount of airtime and explains powerfully how he decided to avenge his father s murder by the Forest Brothers and just for a moment while sympathising with the general implied pro independence sentiments of the film you re on his side feeling his sullen fury This village where a number of interviews take place is one of the most astonishing things about the film testifying in miniature to how profoundly Lithuanian society was ripped up by the Communist occupation scattered into active resistance passive resistance sheer passivity and active support for the occupiers We see how fifty years on murderously different ideologies and memories of hatred and bloodshed continue to coexist side by side but turned inwards and seemingly harmless frozen into place like ice sculptures However furious attacks have been launched on the film based on its apparent elision of Jewish history The Holocaust is not mentioned despite having taken place in Lithuania with particular savagery 95 of the country s prewar Jewish population were killed The central criticism centres around accusation that Luksa was a Nazi collaborator more specifically that he was involved in a particularly brutal massacre that took place in Kaunas in 1941 Does that make you uncomfortable I ask There are a fairly immediate pair of no s Why not Vincas immediately defers to Jonas who says enunciating suddenly very precisely and deliberately we have a very clear understanding of what actually happened One of the things is that Luksa was in no way involved in that specific action He was in prison at that time It was not part of his character it was not part of his personality He points out that even the KGB were not able to find any links between Luksa and the Nazis or if they had showed unusual reticence in not publicising them Vincas chips in Luksa was enemy number one of the Soviet Union The KGB they re masters of connecting even the slightest fragment of something to connect your enemy to something bigger to really destroy you If they had had anything at all the entire of the 60s 70s 80s Luksa would have been the biggest name in the Soviet Union It would have been like look here s your Luksa here s your hero I mention the specific allegation made by both survivors of the Kaunas Ghetto and repeated frequently as fact that Luksa was the ringleader of the Lietukis garage pogrom in the city this is why for example the British journalist Peter Jukes was able to write in a protesting tweet about the film Lithuanian partisan movie glorifies Juozas Luksa who sawed the head of a Rabbi in 1941 Jonas contends that there are a number of errors with these allegations aside from the fact that he was apparently in prison at the time Luksa was he says also a student the witnesses describe seeing a Lithuanian army officer leading the massacre there are inconsistencies between the accounts with some describing the sword others a saw It s a fact and history that Luksa has nothing to do with any of it that s separate from the fact that horrible things happened Vincas says Jonas agrees Lithuanians were involved Whether or not the allegations are true does it not show a certain disrespect to the extent of Jewish suffering to omit mention of the

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  • Riga Bicycle Week calls attention to wanting cycling infrastructure
    rushing alongside motorized traffic on Vansu tilts and yes occasionally running a red light now that the sun is shining again we can encounter a cyclist around every corner in Riga The Latvian capital is slowly becoming a bicycle city where more and more people use bikes for daily urban transportation Last week Riga Bike Week celebrated this fact but also called attention to some of the problems that surround cycling in Latvia and Riga specifically The article you requested can be accessed only by subscribing to the online version of The Baltic Times If you are already subscribed to The Baltic Times please authorize yourself Log In In case you don t have a subscription yet please visit our SUBSCRIPTION section Comments Related Articles Lithuania will host innovation experts and creators from around the globe Transport Ministry Sacks Chairman of Latvian Railways Office launch party of Latvian Asian Chamber of commerce Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Goliath Wind signs 100 million euro deal in India Estonia Merko signs contract on construction of Tallinn tram line extension Russian Roulette the shot of vodka heard round the world Estonia was Europe s biggest exporter of wooden houses in 2014 Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger between The Baltic Independent and The Baltic Observer in 1996 The Baltic Times continues to bring objective comprehensive and timely information to those with an interest

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  • Lithuanian dairy producers receive temporary support payments
    the embargo imposed on milk products by Russia have received support amounting to EUR 5 33 million These funds were distributed to dairy producers a total of 31 000 farmers by the National Paying Agency NMA The additional EUR 10 35 payment per tonne of milk sold in August November 2014 was allocated based on the decree of the agriculture minister The aggregate temporary support payments to dairy producers which were funded from the European Union and national budgets stand at EUR 54 11 per The article you requested can be accessed only by subscribing to the online version of The Baltic Times If you are already subscribed to The Baltic Times please authorize yourself Log In In case you don t have a subscription yet please visit our SUBSCRIPTION section Comments Related Articles Households purchasing power growing rapidly in Estonia Chief economist on Euro arrival and Rouble spiral Europe s Shadow Budget Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Small science delivers big results Sluggish times for Estonia s exports Kazakhstan following Russia s lead bans Baltic fish Estonia s anti money laundering laws clamp down on Bitcoin traders Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger between The Baltic Independent and The Baltic Observer in 1996 The Baltic Times continues to bring objective comprehensive and timely information to those with an interest in this rapidly developing area of the Baltic Sea region

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  • Norwegian Company Storebrand opens new training centre in Vilnius
    insurance company Storebrand officially launched its brand new training centre in Vilnius The firm which has had operations in Lithuania since 2007 has invested around EUR 290 000 in the new 550 square meter centre Any new specialists that Storebrand recruits receive six months of language tuition in either Norwegian or Swedish before they begin work and the new centre has the facilities to train up to 45 employees simultaneously Lithuania s foreign investment development agency Invest Lithuania reports Scandinavian companies are increas The article you requested can be accessed only by subscribing to the online version of The Baltic Times If you are already subscribed to The Baltic Times please authorize yourself Log In In case you don t have a subscription yet please visit our SUBSCRIPTION section Comments Related Articles Households purchasing power growing rapidly in Estonia Chief economist on Euro arrival and Rouble spiral Europe s Shadow Budget Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Small science delivers big results Sluggish times for Estonia s exports Kazakhstan following Russia s lead bans Baltic fish Estonia s anti money laundering laws clamp down on Bitcoin traders Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger between The Baltic Independent and The Baltic Observer in 1996 The Baltic Times continues to bring objective comprehensive and timely information to those with an interest in this rapidly developing area of the Baltic Sea region Read more

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  • Klaipeda seaport cargo handling turnover up by 3.8 percent in Q1 2015
    cargo handling turnover increased by 3 8 percent to 9 04 million tonnes i e by 333 6 thousand tonnes more comparing with the corresponding period of 2014 the company said Year on year in January March 2015 liquid cargo turnover increased by 36 5 percent or 630 4 thousand tonnes and reached 2 356 6 thousand tonnes General cargo turnover increased by 0 2 percent or 4 4 thousand tonnes and totalled 2 828 4 thousand tonnes Meanwhile dry and bulk cargo handling volume decreased by 7 2 percent or 301 2 thousand The article you requested can be accessed only by subscribing to the online version of The Baltic Times If you are already subscribed to The Baltic Times please authorize yourself Log In In case you don t have a subscription yet please visit our SUBSCRIPTION section Comments Related Articles Households purchasing power growing rapidly in Estonia Chief economist on Euro arrival and Rouble spiral Europe s Shadow Budget Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Small science delivers big results Sluggish times for Estonia s exports Kazakhstan following Russia s lead bans Baltic fish Estonia s anti money laundering laws clamp down on Bitcoin traders Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger between The Baltic Independent and The Baltic Observer in 1996 The Baltic Times continues to bring objective comprehensive and timely information to those with an interest in

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  • Nordea Bank Estonia grows 61 % in first quarter of 2015
    first quarter by 61 when compared to the same period last year to 12 1 million euros Postimees Online reports The bank s loan portfolio grew by 4 in a year to 3 33 billion euros The proportion of corporate customers in Nordea s loan portfolio amounted to two thirds their volume of loans grew by 5 in a year Loans to private customers grew by 3 in a year to 1 12 billion euros Nordea Estonia s deposit volume grew in the first quarter by 1 to 1 44 billion euros The article you requested can be accessed only by subscribing to the online version of The Baltic Times If you are already subscribed to The Baltic Times please authorize yourself Log In In case you don t have a subscription yet please visit our SUBSCRIPTION section Comments Related Articles Households purchasing power growing rapidly in Estonia Chief economist on Euro arrival and Rouble spiral Europe s Shadow Budget Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Small science delivers big results Sluggish times for Estonia s exports Kazakhstan following Russia s lead bans Baltic fish Estonia s anti money laundering laws clamp down on Bitcoin traders Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger between The Baltic Independent and The Baltic Observer in 1996 The Baltic Times continues to bring objective comprehensive and timely information to those with an interest in this rapidly

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  • A champion’s leap in retail trade in the first quarter
    year retail trade demonstrated a leap worthy of a champion which against the modest macroeconomic indicators looks particularly striking Compared to the first quarter of 2014 sales volumes increased by 7 5 and compared to the fourth quarter by 2 6 The substantial annual rate of growth is to a great extent explained both by the low base last year there were fewer purchases a year ago compared to after the introduction of the euro Yet the rise may have been determined also by other factors nbsp The article you requested can be accessed only by subscribing to the online version of The Baltic Times If you are already subscribed to The Baltic Times please authorize yourself Log In In case you don t have a subscription yet please visit our SUBSCRIPTION section Comments Related Articles Households purchasing power growing rapidly in Estonia Chief economist on Euro arrival and Rouble spiral Europe s Shadow Budget Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Small science delivers big results Sluggish times for Estonia s exports Kazakhstan following Russia s lead bans Baltic fish Estonia s anti money laundering laws clamp down on Bitcoin traders Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger between The Baltic Independent and The Baltic Observer in 1996 The Baltic Times continues to bring objective comprehensive and timely information to those with an interest in this rapidly developing area of the Baltic

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  • Lithuania’s retail trade turnover rises in March
    trade in automotive fuels by 11 6 of those trading in non food products by 14 5 percent at constant prices The largest increase in turnover was observed in retail sale of sporting equipment 40 1 percent flowers plants seeds and fertilisers 31 2 percent and hardware paints and glass 28 9 percent in specialised stores In March 2015 against March 2014 the turnover VAT excluded of retail trade enterprises increased by 5 6 percent at constant prices working day adjusted by 4 7 percent The turnover of enterprises trading in food products increased by 2 of those engaged in retail trade in automotive fuels by 12 3 of those trading in non food products by 6 5 percent at constant prices In March 2015 the turnover VAT excluded of food and beverage service enterprises amounted to EUR 36 9 million and against February increased by 6 3 percent at constant prices seasonally and working day adjusted decreased by 0 1 percent Compared to March 2014 the turnover of enterprises engaged in the said activities grew by 2 4 percent at constant prices working day adjusted by 3 2 percent Comments Related Articles Households purchasing power growing rapidly in Estonia Chief economist on Euro arrival and Rouble spiral Europe s Shadow Budget Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Small science delivers big results Sluggish times for Estonia s exports Kazakhstan following Russia s lead bans Baltic fish Estonia s anti money laundering laws clamp down on Bitcoin traders Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times

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