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Life in exile

Since Lithuania’s independence, Antanas Seikalis has spent much of his time collecting documents and photos about the Kengir uprising in the Steplag in Kazakhstan. On the first day of the uprising in May 1954, when the guards over-reacted and fired on the prisoners, his brother Pavilas was killed.

Antanas has taken part in a number of conferences on prisoners’ resistance in the Gulag, has visited the sites of the uprising and, with others, has managed to get a cross erected in memory of the victims.