Ultima Thule

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Thursday, June 16, 2005

Dick Durbin's Lithuanian roots

By Aussiegirl

Dick Durbin should know better. Below is an excerpt from a lovely reminiscence of his Lithuanian roots, describing how his mother came from a small village called Jurbarkas in Lithuania near Kaunas.

Now read what Nazis did to innocents during the war in Jurbarkas. And here is a site which describes Communist atrocities in Lithuania.

How can Durbin make the odious comparison he has recently made in the well of the Senate knowing his own roots? Only he can answer that question.

My Lithuanian Roots
by U.S. Senator Richard Durbin

My mother was born in Lithuania. She came to the United States in 1911 at the age of 2. Her family came from a small village, Jurbarkas, which is outside of Kaunas in Lithuania. And when they came across on the boat from Germany, my grandmother and my aunt and uncle and my mother came over to meet up with my grandfather who had already come to East St. Louis, Illinois.

It was a chance for economic opportunity. But there were also other things involved. One of the few things that my grandmother brought over with her that has survived to this day was a prayer book. It was a Catholic prayer book that was printed in Lithuanian. When the Russians had taken control of Lithuania, they prohibited the printing of Catholic prayer books in Lithuania, and this very simple and modest woman kept what was a piece of contraband under Russian rule to show her defiance and her commitment to her religion. She brought it with her as evidence of her belief that people should be allowed to practice their religion as they choose.


At 1:23 PM, Blogger Michael Morrison said...

Somewhere I read the Durbin comment in context.
There is a big ol' "IF" in there that makes his statement not inflammatory at all.
It was more or less IF our troops are doing the things they're accused of ...
And that makes all the difference in the world.
Still, the Senate would be a better place without him.


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