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Type of publication: Straipsnis / Article
Author(s): Žemaitytė, Sigita
Title: (Ne)atverstas puslapis JAV lietuvių istorijoje: OSI veikla, jos kritika ir poveikis lietuvių bendruomenei (XX a. devintąjį dešimtmetį)
Other Title: A half-opened page in Lithuanian-American history: the U.S. Lithuanian community and its reaction to the activities of the U.S. justice department‘s office of special investigations
Is part of: OIKOS: lietuvių migracijos ir diasporos studijos, 2012, nr. 2(14), p. 74-81
Date: 2012
Abstract: This article aims to describe one of the more engrossing episodes in the history of the U.S. Lithuanian community. When the U.S. Justice Department‘s Office of Special Investigations (OSI) was formed in the early 1980s for the purpose of seeking out suspected Nazi war criminals who had found refuge in America, the political and civic activism of the Lithuanian-American community gained new vigor. This increased activism was due to the fact that the OSI concentrated most of its attention on Eastern Europeans and Balts, Lithuanians included. Some U. S. Lithuanians saw in the OSI a threat to Lithuania‘s image, to the strength of Lithuanian identity, and to the fate of independent Lithuanian statehood. Even though these Lithuanians saw the activities of the OSI as harmful, their criticism of these activities joined the community together and allowed it and the world to be reminded again of the problem of Lithuania‘s occupation by the Soviets.
Appears in Collections:OIKOS: lietuvių migracijos ir diasporos studijos 2012, nr. 2(14)

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