In December, 1986, Stanislova Stanevičiūtė, Instructor in Atheism at the Panevėžys School of Medicine, demanded of her students during a lecture that they write a paper, in which they would demonstrate that there is no God.

Surmising from reading the papers that student Neringa Dalbokaitė is a believer, she began actively "educating" her. Instructor Stanevičiūtė, summon­ing Miss Dalbokaitė to the Lenin Room, expressed annoyance that Neringa, being a believer, joined the Communist Youth Organization.

Miss Dalbokaitė explained that when she enrolled in the Communist Youth, she had been only fourteen years old, and dependent on her parents, who are non-believers.

This reply was followed by a whole list of questions supplied by In­structor Stanevičiūtė: "Who pushed her into religion? Where did she get litera­ture? When did she start believing? Who brought her to church the first time?"

For further "education", the instructor in atheism brought in the usual weapon of the atheists: vilification and insulting of the Church.

Similar "educational sessions" were repeated several more times, and when the desired results were not obtained, Dalbokaitė was forbidden to leave her dormitory from 6:00 to 8:00 A.M., in an effort to prevent her from going to church and participating in Holy Mass.

In February 1987, the school administration, learning that Ingrida Krikštaponytė, her classmate, received the Sacrament of Baptism, expelled Dal­bokaitė from the Communist Youth League and began still later "educating" her. Group leader, Teacher Urbonienė, joined in the "re-education".

Viekšniai (Akment Rayon)

On October 11, 1987, the 600-year jubilee of Lithuania was being celebrated in the church of Viekšniai. On October 9, in an effort to keep people out of church, Juozas Tamulevičius, a teacher at the Viekšniai Middle School, warned Seventh Class pupils that he would be standing at the churchyard gates personally, taking down the names of those going to church. To bolster the threat, he added that pupils could be expelled from school and the parents given a substantial fine.


On November 15, 1987, at about four o'clock in the morning, a little group of youth who were religious believers gathered in the bus station of Laz­dijai to go to Vilnius and participate in the Festival of Our Lady of Mercy of the Gates of Dawn.

The children and youth were going to the religious festival with their parents' knowledge. In the group were a few adults, among them, Alvydas Vainoras, an employee of the church in Lazdijai.

On November 11, Alvydas Vainoras was summoned to the Executive Committee where Chairman Kreizas accused him of organizing the aforesaid trip, and ordered him to acknowledge in writing a criminal complaint. Vainoras, arguing that he had committed no crime, refused to sign.

The Executive Committee of Lazdijai Rayon, headed by Vice Chair­man Leonas Vanagas of the Rayon Executive Committee, fined Alvydas Vainoras 50 rubles. The young people were met at the bus station in Lazdijai by Chief Inspector Valė Jakulevičienė, of the Department of Juvenile Affairs, and Assistant Director Jonas Malinauskas, of the Lazdijai Middle School.

Arriving in Vilnius and alighting from the bus, the little group of pilgrims was watched by the driver of the bus which had brought them. At about 9:00 P.M., when they returned to Lazdijai, the faithful were met at the station by Teacher Gorochovenko, and Assistant Director Jonas Malinauskas.

On November 16,1987, the pupils were questioned in school: "When they had gone to Vilnius, where they had gone in Vilnius, and for what purpose?"

After several days had slipped by, Homeroom Teacher Snieguole Vil-gotskaite demanded that signed questionnaires be filled out, in which the fol­lowing questions were asked:

Do you go to church?

What do you do in church?

Why do you go to church?

Teacher Snieguole Vilgotskaite demanded that questions be answered conscientiously, without lying, and signing one's name in full. In this way, the pupils who are religious believers were terrorized just because they went in or­ganized fashion to the Festival of the Mother of God, which took place in Vil­nius at the Gates of Dawn.