A Shared Hope: Lithuanians in South Australia. Stories of Community Life

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Daina Pocius, 2020 - Lithuanians - 238 pages
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The displacement of Lithuanians at the end of World War II was believed to be temporary. Communism would be expelled and they would return home. This did not materialize and new homes were sought. From 1947 almost 10,000 Lithuanian Displaced Persons came to Australia, 1,500 settled in Adelaide. This is a collective of stories about the Lithuanian community in South Australia, about the cultural and social clubs that formed. One thing united them all and never wavered, the hope that Lithuania would be free and that they could return home.

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About the author (2020)

Of Lithuanian ancestry with a love of history, Daina has completed tertiary education in history, museum and archive studies.Out of personal interest, she began researching the history of Lithuanians in South Australia in 2010 and began recording her findings on a blog. Her work over these years has formed this book. Daina currently works as Heritage Coordinator for a local council. She has remained active in the Lithuanian community, as a scout leader, Vice President of the Community in South Australia and now Archivist for the Australian Lithuanian Archive. She is proud of her heritage and will continue to promote Lithuanian history in Australia and to celebrate its achievements.

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