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Type of publication: Straipsnis kitose duomenų bazėse / Article in other databases (S4)
Field of Science: Istorija ir archeologija / History and archeology (H005)
Author(s): Skirius, Juozas
Title: Prezidento Antano Smetonos atvykimas į JAV 1941 metais ir išeivijos pozicija
Other Title: The arrival of president Antanas Smetona in the US in 1941, the position of the emigres
Is part of: Lietuvos istorijos metraštis. 2010 metai. D. 2. Vilnius : Lietuvos istorijos institutas, 2011
Extent: p. 77-91
Date: 2011
Abstract: Following his departure from Lithuania on June 15, 1940, President Antanas Smetona stayed in Germany until he made a decision to relocate to the US. This decision was influenced not only by the unfavourable conditions of living in Europe but also by the continual instigation of his family (son. son-in-law, wife and sister-in-law J. Tūbelienė). He had aspirations to find a livelihood in the US. take up creative work, participate in the activities of Lithuanian emigres and organize the struggle for the liberation of Lithuania. US authorities, however, unwilling to deal with A. Smetona's political activities, on September 14 issued him with the visa on the condition of written promise to enter the US as a private person rather than an official. In September of 1940 the news about Ihe possible arrival of the President in the US created a stir among the local Lithuanians. Wider right-wing stratums of the emigres were for the most part excited about the possibility to meet the President of Lithuania. P. Žadeikis, Lithuanian envoy to Washington, and consuls J. Budrys and P. Daužvardis coherently acted as if A. Smetona still was the President of Lithuania but was visiting the US as a private person. Members of Lithuanian National Union in emigration recognized the legitimacy of the President, approved of A. Smetona's arrival. were excited about it and made necessary preparations. Socialist leaders in emigration, however, neither approved of the arrival nor recognized him as legitimate President of Lithuania and emigres of communist deviation resorted to severe criticism. The most numerous movement of the emigres - the Catholics - exercised the politics of tacking
Affiliation(s): Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas
Švietimo akademija
Appears in Collections:Universiteto mokslo publikacijos / University Research Publications

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