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Lithuanian DP Periodical For Children - Contribution by Jonas Mekas

Gimtinės žiburėliai, ketvirtoji knygute [The Lights of Our Homeland, volume four].

Hanau: Išleido Hanau LTB Švietimo Skyrius, 1947. Octavo (20 × 14.5 cm). Original staple-stitched decorative wrappers; 42, [2] pp. of mimeographed text and illustrations. Trace of label to upper spine and stamp of a Baltimore Lithuanian organization to front wrapper; else about very good.

Scarce final volume of this illustrated periodical for children published by Lithuanian stateless refugees in a German Displaced Persons (DP) Camp. With a short poem by Lithuanian-American Fluxus artist, poet, and cinematographer Jonas Mekas (born 1922), who was then living in a DP Camp together with his brother Adolfas Mekas (1925-2011), and later published his own mimeographed journal and various books. "In May 1945 some 4,000 Lithuanians were accomodated in a former army barracks, severely war-ravaged and lacking water, electricity and sanitation. Camp members immediately set about forming a Lithuanian Community, elected a president and a committee... the Lithuanians organized camp police and a camp post office. They established a kindergarten, a primary school and a high school... The journalists established three newspapers... as well as an illustrated magazine for children called Gimtinės žiburėliai, all printed by hand press" (Kazokas, "Lithuanian Artists in Australia," 21). One of 600 copies printed. KVK and OCLC show a single copy of volume 3 at Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg and an unspecified run at Deutsche Nationalbibliothek.

Book ID: P5595

Price: $150.00