LITHUANIA: Careful Smetona

The day after the recent Memel election, Lithuania's President Antanas Smetona was inaugurated for his fourth term, remarked "we small countries must be careful." Since the election—in which Menial's Nazi party with a "Back to the Reich" slogan, won 25 out of 29 seats in Memel's semi-autonomous assembly—President Smetona has had to be more than careful. Adolf Hitler likes Smetona's most potent political rival, Augustine Valdemaras, and Nazis have pressed for his inclusion in Lithuania's Cabinet.

Valdemaras, known as the "Firebrand of the Baltic," was Lithuania's Premier and dictator from 1926 to...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!