Lost Histories Unearthed: Revisiting the Forgotten Tragedies of Lithuania and Eastern Europe

Lost Histories Unearthed: Revisiting the Forgotten Tragedies of Lithuania and Eastern Europe

10 Apr 2018, 10:00 - 11:00

The Cross-Cultural Hub


Lithuanian authors have increasingly revisited forgotten episodes from twentieth century history, including deportations to camps in Siberia and the stories of German refugees during World War II. Why is it important to write and publish stories that help familiarize readers with the forgotten tragedies of Eastern Europe? And what is the significance of such stories in light of today’s refugee crisis? In 2018 and 2019, two outstanding pieces of survival literature will be published in the United Kingdom: In the Shadow of Wolves (Oneworld), the stunning debut novel by Alvydas Šlepikas exploring the story of the ‘wolf children’ – German children who sought refuge in Lithuania in the aftermath of World War II; and Shadows on the Tundra (Peirene Press), the extraordinary memoir by Dalia Grinkevičiūtė – a testimony to her family’s deportation to the Siberian gulag, originally written on scraps of paper and buried for safekeeping and rediscovered only four years after her death.





  • Alvydas Šlepikas



      Alvydas Šlepikas (b. 1966) is one of the most multi-talented contemporary Lithuanian writers today, moving among the worlds of literature, theatre,...

  • Rosie Goldsmith



    European Literature Network

    Rosie Goldsmith runs the UK’s European Literature Network www.eurolitnetwork.com with Max Easterman. They broadcast, write, review, translate, host...

  • Juliet Mabey



    Oneworld Publications

      Juliet Mabey is co-founder and Publisher of Oneworld Publications, set up in 1986 as an independent publishing house focusing on high quality,...

  • Meike Ziervogel


    Novelist and Publisher

      Meike Ziervogel is a novelist and publisher. She grew up in northern Germany and came to London in 1986 to study Arabic language and literature....

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