1. The President of the Republic of Lithuania, Her Excellency Dalia Grybauskaitė's, greeting to members of the Balzekas Museum and the American Lithuanian community, on the occasion of the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture's 50th Anniversary Award Gala on October 29, 2016 in Oak Brook, Illinois. The greeting was pre-recorded in Vilnius, Lithuania and first aired at the Gala.

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  2. The film includes footage of Lithuanians in DP (displaced persons) camps after World War II and features: day-to-day camp life and activities; living conditions; the Lithuanian Red Cross and the distribution of rations and donations; children at play and at school; adults in vocational training classes; Scouts; Lithuanian community leaders at a political conference; Baltic Olympic games; concert and folk-dancing footage; views of Augsburg, Scheinfeld, Hammerveg, Pfullingen, Hanau, and Unterm Berg DP camps, and more. [15:37 mins.]

    Presented by Arvydas Reneckis for the "No Home To Go To: Baltic Displaced Persons, 1944-52" exhibition from the Collection of the American Lithuanian TV Archives, the documentary footage was originally recorded by the late Balys Gaidžiūnas.

    Music by the Dainava Ensemble, Darius Polikaitis Collection; Lithuanian Research and Studies Center, Chicago; Sound by Vytas Beleška, Research and Historical Sound Recordings

    Footage may be viewed for educational purposes only. No alteration or reproduction of this footage is permitted without the written consent of the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, 6500 S. Pulaski Rd., Chicago IL 60629, admin@balzekasmuseum.org. Contact: Sigita Balzekas

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  3. A presentation by Gražina Narkus-Kramer, about her experience in Lerte DP Camp in the British Zone, which despite material shortcomings, provided an enriching and joyful respite from the terror and tragedy she and her family experienced during the war, first as forced laborers on a German farm, then caught behind the Iron Curtain when the war ended. This oral history was recorded at the Nov. 2, 2014 Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania, Washington, D.C, as part of the "No Home To Go To: The Story of Baltic Displaced Persons, 1944-52" exhibition. "No Home To Go To" Exhibition Curator and Embassy Program Coordinator: Irena Brokas Chambers;
    Camera: Trent Watts; Video Production: Sigita Bersenas Balzekas

    © 2015 Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture All Rights Reserved

    [Part II "The Camps" is the second of 2 videos featuring Narkus-Kramer. The first one, Part I "The Flight", provides full-length footage of Narkus-Kramer's one-to-one interview with Ina Navazelskis. ]

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  4. Full-length footage of a one-to-one interview with Gražina Narkus-Kramer conducted by Ina Navazelskis for the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture as part of the "No Home To Go To: The Story of Baltic Displaced Persons, 1944-52" exhibition's oral history project recorded at the Lithuanian Embassy in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 2, 2014

    Narkus-Kramer was a child when she fled Lithuania with her parents during World War II. The family's ordeals in Germany during and immediately after the war, when the family becomes trapped "behind the Iron Curtain," in the Soviet-occupied zone, leave life-long emotional scars for Narkus-Kramer, as she candidly reveals in the interview. The resourcefulness of her parents in circumventing one obstacle after another and Narkus-Kramer's own effervescence and skill in storytelling make this a captivating story of triumph over tragedy. Interviewer Ina Navazelskis's experienced hand in navigating difficult subject matter and drawing out the story should also be noted for those interested in conducting oral history interviews.

    "No Home To Go To" Exhibition Curator and Embassy Program Coordinator: Irena Brokas Chambers;
    Camera: Trent Watts; Video Production: Sigita Bersenas Balzekas

    © 2015 Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture All Rights Reserved

    [Part I "The Flight" is the first of 2 videos featuring Narkus-Kramer and consists of her one-to-one interview with Ina Navazelskis. The second video, Part II "The Camps", features the presentation Narkus-Kramer made to audience members about her experiences living in displaced persons camps after the war. ]

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