Historian Liudas Mazylis made news in Lithuania on March 29 after his university published a photo of a Lithuanian-language document said to have been found in the German foreign ministry’s archive in Berlin. He said it is a rare signed version of the country’s 1918 independence declaration.
As reported by Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany’s international broadcaster, Mazylis, a professor at the Vytautas Magnus University (VDU) in Kaunas, Lithuania’s former capital, the declaration has 20 clearly original signatures. The document was reportedly found next to a German-language version inside a folder.
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said it was “likely” that the Lithuanian version was one of only a few remaining originals.
It was a “joyful” find, she said, ahead of the centenary of her nation, which last week was featured at Germany’s Leipzig Book Fair.