Marite Kontrimaite : Homesickness and patriotism in Siberia

 

In Siberia, the Lithuanians would get together and sing “Let us go back to our motherland” and read poems. Marite Kontramaite’s mother often spoke to her daughter of their traditions and legends. The little girl built up an idyllic image of her motherland.

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The Kontrimaite family some months after their arrival in Bodaybo, Siberia, 1950
© Marite Kontramaite