Cover Osteuropa 1/2011

In Osteuropa 1/2011

I’m Choking
Lithuania on Nationalist Wrong Track

Tomas Venclova

Deutsche Fassung


We live in an age of scepticism, of free, critical thinking, and global thinking. In Lithuania, however, the intellectual leadership laments Euro-collaboration and indoctrination under the banner of globalisation. It preaches intolerance towards minorities and entrenches itself behind a wall of xenophobia and ostensible national pride. Poles, Jews, Russians, and, of late, the United States are considered enemy forces. This attitude is also a legacy of the Soviet era, when people were inoculated with a primitive mentality that included xenophobia and hatred of “cosmopolitans.”

(Osteuropa 1/2011, pp. 97–110)