In April, 1984, issue 42 (82) of the underground publication Aušra (Dawn) appeared. The issue is dedicated to the 500th Year Jubilee of Saint Casimir. The introductory article reproduces the talk by Pope John Paul II delivered March 4, in Saint Peter's Basilica, Rome, commemorating the anniversary of Saint Casimir's death; in the publication, the meaning of sainthood in today's world is thoroughly discussed. The issue carries the request by Lithuanians living in Byelorussia, addressed to Lithuanians abroad, to let the world know about their unsuccessful struggle for the preservation of their language and culture. The article, entitled "And Who Will Write About You? is dedicated to Juozas Eretas, who died March 14: "A Swiss of good-will, an oak which has taken root in the soil of Lithuanian culture, and left there a significant mark."
Aušra 43 (83), appearing June, 1984, dedicates considerable space to the temperence movement, describing the damage alcohol does to the individual and to the entire nation, and indicates guidelines for the work of sobering up the nation. The issue contains news from the camp for political prisoners in Mordovia; a number of articles describing how "occupied Lithuania" marked the 50th anniversary of the death of its heroes, Stasys Darius and Seponas Girėnas. (Lithuania-Americans who flew the Atlantic in 1934, only to crash to their deaths in East Prussia. — Trans Note)
Father Alfonsas Svarinskas, Father Sigitas Tamkevičius, Father Jonas-Kąstytis Matulionis, Romas Žemaitis, Sergei Kovalev, Viktoras Petkus, Balys Gajauskas, Jadvyga Bieliauskienė, Vytautas Skuodis, Gintautas Iešmantas, Antanas Terleckas, Julius Sasnauskas
and others bear the chains of imprisonment so that you might live and believe in freedom!