Soviet Occupation of Lithuania, and the Lithuanian Genocide

When Christy and I visited Lithuania in May 2014, we heard many stories from local people about the impact of the Soviet occupation of the country. The Lithuanians described many murders and oppression from the Soviet regime, and attributed the high alcoholism rate to the brutal experiences their people faced during the years of occupation. This is a sad reminder of the often unseen impact that oppression can have on populations of people. There were many sites surrounding us that were a stark reminder of this era of occupation and genocide in Lithuanian history. By going over there to teach keen students on principles related to working with addictions, we hope to play a small part in equipping the Lithuanians to deal with this dark history.

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Site of where the Soviets stored their tanks and machinery during the occupation, Klaipeda, Lithuania

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Former Soviet Headquarters, now a university campus. Klaipeda, Lithuania

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Former Soviet Headquarters, now a university campus. Klaipeda, Lithuania

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Former Soviet Headquarters, now a university campus. Klaipeda, Lithuania

Soviet-era apartment blocks, now renovated, Klaipeda, Lithuania

Soviet-era apartment blocks, now renovated

Soviet-era apartment blocks, Klaipeda, Lithuania

Soviet-era apartment blocks, Klaipeda, Lithuania

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Former KGB headquarters, Vilnius, Lithuania

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Former KGB headquarters, Vilnius, Lithuania

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Former KGB headquarters, Vilnius, Lithuania

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Former KGB headquarters, Vilnius, Lithuania

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Former KGB headquarters, Vilnius, Lithuania

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Former KGB headquarters, Vilnius, Lithuania, now a museum of the Lithanian Genocide.

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