LITHUANIA: Prisoner--Dictator

Prisoner—Dictator

Professor Augustine Valdemaras is not only Lithuania's most enterprising politician but also its most spectacular citizen. As student and later Wartime professor of Greek and Latin in Petrograd he led the agitation in Russia for Lithuanian Independence. Escaping from Russia during the Revolution he appeared as Lithuania's chief delegate at the Paris Peace Conference (1919-20) where he made a reputation for himself by incessantly demanding the Port of Vilna (Poland) for Lithuania. Returning to his homeland, he became Prime Minister, then Dictator in 1926. Not long...

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