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Baltic Diaspora Exhibit in Philadelphia: June 22-August 30, 2015

“No Home To Go To: The Story of Baltic Displaced Persons 1944-1952”
“Thousands flee as battlefronts near”

Fearing bombings and the threat of oppression, thousands of civilians flee daily to neighboring countries by any means available.  As fierce fighting continues on both sides, families, many with small children, seek safety in makeshift communities where food and accommodations are scarce or non-existent.  The plight of these refugees is creating an unprecedented humanitarian crisis.

This news clip describes what happened seventy years ago to displaced persons (DPs) in Europe, fleeing their homes and uprooting their lives because of the approach of Soviet forces in the last year of World War II.  Journalists all around the world continue to repeat these same words to this very day.  While “No Home to Go To” focuses on the three Baltics – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – its message sadly still echoes in the hearts of many more millions of people. 

From June 22 through August 30, the Free Library of Philadelphia, Central Branch, will open an unprecedented exhibition of the Baltic diaspora, drawing on the memories, documents, photographs, and memorabilia of families and individuals who lived through the WWII experience.
Where: Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street. Second Floor West Gallery, see www.freelibrary.org for directions and parking
When:  June 22 through August 30, 2015, hours: M-Th 9am – 9pm; F 9am – 6pm; Sat 9am – 5pm; Sun 1pm – 5pm

The June 23 Exhibition opening reception drew 175.  The Philadelphia organizing committee is pictured:Laila Gansert, Alvar Soosaar (EANC Board member), Linda Rink (EANC Executive Director), Adams M. Berzins, Krista Butvydas Bard, Vytas Maciunas. (Photo: Albert For)

The creation of this exhibition reflects the collaborative effort of numerous institutions including: the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, the Latvian Folk Art Museum, the Chicago Estonian House, and the Lithuanian Emigration Institute.  
This project is partially supported by grants from the Kazickas Family Foundation, Lithuanian Council for Culture, Lithuanian Foundation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania, Women’s Guild of the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, the Latvian Foundation, Inc., Cultural Foundation of the World Federation of Free Latvians, the Philadelphia Society of Free Letts, the Estonian American National Council and the Philadelphia Estonian Society, the Lithuanian American Association of Philadelphia, the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Lithuania and private donations.