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Type of publication: Straipsnis kituose recenzuojamuose leidiniuose / Article in other peer-reviewed editions (S5)
Field of Science: Istorija ir archeologija / History and archeology (H005)
Author(s): Skirius, Juozas
Title: Prezidento Antano Smetonos pirmieji mėnesiai JAV 1941 metais: iš Niujorko per Vašingtoną į Čikagą
Other Title: The first months of President Antanas Smetona in the USA in 1941: from New York via Washington to Chicago
Is part of: Inveniens quaero = Ieškoti, rasti, nenurimti : [mokslo straipsnių rinkinys, skirtas Lietuvos mokslų akademijos tikrajam nariui profesoriui habil.dr. Algirdui Gaižučiui 70-mečio proga] / sudarytojai Grasilda Blažienė, Sandra Grigaravičiūtė, Aivas Ragauskas. Vilnius : Vilniaus pedagoginio universiteto leidykla, 2011
Extent: P. 677-694
Date: 2011
Keywords: Antanas Smetona;Prezidentas;Išeivija;JAV lietuviai tautininkai;Priėmimo komitetas;Povilas Žadeikis;Petras Daužvardis;Vašingtonas;Čikaga;President;Emigrants;Lithuanian nationalists in the USA;Admission Committee;Washington;Chicago
ISBN: 9789955206552
Abstract: USA wished to preserve the cooperation among different groups of emigrants in the Council aiming to free Lithuania (later - the Lithuanian American Council) and allowed the members of the Catholic group personally, but not on behalf of their organization, to participate in the meetings and banquets with A. Smetona. However, this did not preserve the unity among the emigrants - the nationalists withdrew from the above mentioned organization and created their own movement. A. Smetona's unofficial meetings with the US State Secretary and President Franldin D. Roosevelt on April 1 and 18,1941 increased A. Smetona's prestige among Lithuanian emigrants; these events were widely described in the American press. The US authorities claimed that the Lithuanian President arrived in the USA unofficially, as a guest, without any right to participate in the cross-border politics. Smetona's actions were defined as propaganda with the aim of spreading the information to the Lithuanian emigrants and the American society about the dramatic consequences of the war to small European nations. The Lithuanian diplomatic service in the USA, especially Representative P. Žadeikis. were trying to use A. Smetona for propagandist purposes - to show the consequences for Lithuania, on account of its lost statehood and the country's attempts to restore independence. The service made sure that President would not get involved in the complicated relations of different political groups of American Lithuanians. A. Smetona himself also promised not to take part in internal issues of the Lithuanian emigrants. He was grandly welcomed in Chicago on May 2-4, where he visited the representatives of the USA Government and Church, and met with his countrymen. A. Smetona and his family arrived in the USA having limited resources
Affiliation(s): Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas
Švietimo akademija
Appears in Collections:Universiteto mokslo publikacijos / University Research Publications

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