Lithuania finds its independence document

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Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite arrives at the European spring summit in Brussels, Belgium, 09 March 2017.

Lithuania finds its independence document


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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.

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