Aušra (The Dawn), No. 50(90). In September, 1985, a new issue of the underground publication Aušra appeared, marking the 45th anniversary of the Soviet occupation. A former Lithuanian officer in an open letter entitled, "How the Russian Tanks Voted for the 'Lithuanian' Assembly", tells of the painful situation of the Lithuanian army in 1940:

"We were all alone between two serpents, in the East and in the West... We the surviving witnesses of the crimes of the Russian Empire continue today to cry 'Justice! Freedom!'", the former officer ends his letter.

In the article "Who Are the Real Pirates?", approval is given to the very necessary efforts of Baltic patriots abroad and all freedom-loving people to direct world attention to the real situation of the Baltic nations. Gratitude is expressed to everyone contributing to the Baltic Tribunal which took place in July, 1985, in Copenhagen; the Baltic Peace and Freedom Cruise, ending with the demonstration in Helsinki by passengers of the Baltic Star and meetings and demonstrations in Stockholm, which once again reminded the "lookouts" in Moscow that the real piratical attack on the Baltic shore took place forty-five years ago, when Moscow seized the three Baltic States.

Aušra 51(91). Aušra 51(91), appearing in December, 1986 (sic), in its introductory article, "Christmas Meditations", expresses the firm belief that "the Christ of Christmas will gather all people of good will for one purpose: the re-establishment of truth and love in our homeland and nation". In the publication, the attention of the public is directed to the difficult situation of three young men: Ričardas Andrijauskas and the brothers Mečislovas and Gintaras Tarasevičius.

In May, 1983, they tried to cross the Soviet-Finnish border, and for this, the KGB continues to terrorize them to this day, not allowing them to study or to work steadily, constantly threatening to isolate them from the public. They are constantly threatened with physical violence.

Also printed is a reply in the form of an open letter from Lithuanian mothers to the mother of S. Antanov; Vladas Lapienis' Memoirs of a Soviet Prisoner continue.


Lithuanian, remember that:

Father Alfonsas Svarinskas

Father Sigitas Tamkevičius

Father Jonas-Kąstytis Matulionis

Docent Vytautas Skuodis

Algirdas Patackas

Jadvyga Bieliauskienė

Vladas Lapienis

Romas Žemaitis

Gintautas Iešmantas

Povilas Pečeliūnas

Antanas Terleckas

Liudas Dambrauskas

Algirdas Statkevičius


and others bear the chains of slavery so that you might live and believe in freedom.

Lithuania, 1986