Basic facts about Lithuania. Official language – Lithuanian. Capital – Vilnius. Major cities – Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda , Šiauliai , Panevėžys . Basic law – the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania adopted 25 th October , 1992.
Since the official schools did not teach native language, the Lithuanians themselves taught their children at home or in secret schools established by them in villages and townships.
On 16thFebruary,1918, 20 courageous, determined and trusted representatives of the Lithuanian nation signed the Act of Independence of Lithuania “re-establishing an independent state, based on democratic principles.
Thefrost-bitten,six-yearoldUweTritzcouldnotwalk, andbecame a burdenforhissister. Leftbehind, hegrewupunderharshconditionsinSoviet-occupiedLithuania. Today he is Bronius Dapkus, and he is thankful for his life.
Erika Sauerbaum-KaziurieneisoneoftheoldestlivingGermanWolfChildreninLithuania. Shefeelscaughtbetweentwoworlds.
Unlikemany otherWolfChildren, shealwaysknewshewasGerman, thatshewas Erika Sauerbaum.
“Mother made me repeat the phrase ‘I am Luise Quitsch’ until I had learned it, and told me that I should say it to people I meet. I found it incredibly strange, because I was only ‘Luise’. Butmotherknewwhatwasgoing to happen”, saysthe 67-year oldwomen, whoistheleaderoftheorganisationfortheGermanWolfChildreninLithuania.