Tipping Point


Dr. Arūnas Gelūnas

Director of Lithuanian National Museum

Along with the horrors of the war against Ukraine, we also have become witness of extreme efforts to destroy Ukrainian culture. This is a pattern followed by occupants at all times and in all places. Former ambassador to UNESCO and former Minister of Culture Arūnas Gelūnas is convinced that culture is a holding pillar of any statehood and part of national identity. When obvious signs and relicts of high culture had been destroyed, the false narrative of Lithuania as a small agrarian country was much easier to impose on Lithuanian people. Can we even imagine what treasures Vilnius could have had if not vandalized, robbed and burnt by Russian occupants?