I had nowhere to go...

One of our interviewees, filmmaker, Jonas Mekas, published a diary if his life during the occupations of Lithuania by the Nazis and Soviets. It was not uncommon for people to conceal their identity upon fleeing Lithuania to protect any family that was unable to escape from torture, deportation or other maltreatment. It is another example of the crushing oppression that was brought about by the totalitarian regimes that occupied Lithuania. Upon trying to reach Vienna, Mekas was caught, and arrested by German forces, and spent eight months in a Nazi forced labor camp. Once WWII ended, Mekas joined a displaced persons camp after experiencing more twists and turns. His story does not end there! We encourage everyone to read his book "I Had Nowhere to Go". You can also see a small excerpt of his interview with us in our YouTube sneak peaks on our website.

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