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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: Prof. Kazys Pakštas Lietuvos valdžios tarnyboje Amerikoje 1939-1940 metais
Other Title: Prof. Kazys Pakštas in Lithuanian civil service in the US, 1939-1940
Is part of: Edvardas Kriščiūnas : mokslinių straipsnių rinkinys, skirtas Edvardo Kriščiūno atminimui / Lietuvos edukologijos universitetas. Istorijos fakultetas. Visuotinės istorijos katedra ; [sudarytojas Algis Bitautas]. Vilnius : Lietuvos edukologijos universiteto leidykla, 2015
Extent: P. 118-136
Date: 2015
Keywords: Kazys Pakštas;JAV lietuviai;Povilas Žadeikis;TSRS;Vilniaus problema;Paskaitos apie Lietuvą;Bendrasis organas;Kanada;Lietuvos okupacija
ISBN: 9786094710179
Abstract: The growing international tension in 1938-1940, the outbreak of the war and com-plex relations with the neighbours forced the Lithuanian Government to strengthen its relations with Lithuanians in exile. It used the proposal of Prof. Kazys Pakstas to deliver reports in Lithuanian American colonies by bringing Lithuania closer to Lithuanians in exile and seeking their support. The services of the former American Lithuanian, famous scientist and former oppositionist guaranteed good results. It is important to note that he had an authority in the large Lithuanian American Catholic society. On recommendation from the diplomat Voldemaras Čarneckis, the Lithuanian Govern¬ment hired the professor until the end of 1939 and allocated the amount of 10,000 litas to cover his travelling and lecturing expenses and added 9,000 litas in 1940. He was committed to coordinate the route, time and topics of his lectures with the Lithuanian envoy in Washington Povilas Žadeikis. However, Pakštas was rather independent in the US: his routes were made by the public figures of Lithuanian American Catholics; he used to select the topics for his lectures at his own discretion with due regard to the audience. The professor attempted to maintain a correct but non-committal relationship with Žadeikis who would enlighten him on the latest news from Lithuania but carefully followed Pakštas' activities and did not spare criticism in his letters to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Juozas Urbšys. Following the retrieval of Vilnius, Pakštas was that mouthpiece who evaluated the situation in Lithuania and the relations with the USSR in a bold and rather objective manner; he also observed the imminent dangers. The professor said and explained to Lithuanians in exile everything that could not be said by the Lithuanian press and official Lithuanian diplomats in the US
Affiliation(s): Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas
Švietimo akademija
Appears in Collections:Universiteto mokslo publikacijos / University Research Publications

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