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    Are Lithuanians Baltics or Slavs?

    I recently found-out that I am part-Lithuanian. I am curious now about the people, as I have never really heard of the people. Can someone help me understand them? Are they Baltic or Slavs? What are some customs? Is there any Germanic influence? What was the situation of the country in WWII and post-WWII?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew man View Post
    I recently found-out that I am part-Lithuanian. I am curious now about the people, as I have never really heard of the people. Can someone help me understand them? Are they Baltic or Slavs? What are some customs? Is there any Germanic influence? What was the situation of the country in WWII and post-WWII?
    Many will say Lithuanians are Slavs but I think it is dependent on the individual case. Many Lithuanians are actually Russians or mixed with other Slavic groups.

    Some claim that Lithuanians are actually Baltic and predominantly Nordid with large Germanic influences, culturally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koenigsberg View Post
    Many will say Lithuanians are Slavs but I think it is dependent on the individual case. Many Lithuanians are actually Russians or mixed with other Slavic groups.

    Some claim that Lithuanians are actually Baltic and predominantly Nordid with large Germanic influences, culturally.
    Thank you for the reply. I posted pictures of myself in the personal taxonomy or whatever it was part of the site and I am Nordid/Baltid. One said I looked like a "perfect Russian Baltid".

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    It's been my understanding that the Lithuanians and Latvians are primarily Baltic with a good deal of Germanic influence. The Prussians colonized Lithuania and Latvia a good deal while the Danes colonized Estonia (for instance, the capital of Estonia actually means "Danish-Town"). The Lithuanian's once had a joint kingdom with Poland as well, so I would imagine there is a degree of Polish/Slavic influence. Furthermore all three Baltic nations have been a part of the Russian/Soviet Empires in the past. Recent genetic testing has shown a good deal of Germanic/Nordic genes in these nations (especially Estonia and Latvia and also a large number in coastal Lithuania). However, DNA is still a rather new field and there is a lot to be learned from it.

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    Any self-respecting Lithuanian would tell you that they are BALTIC and not Slavs.

    How Lithuanian are you? And how did you find out? Lithuanians have only been coming to the US for a short period of time so I would assume that you are atleast an 1/8. My great-grandmother was Lithuanian, so I am 1/8.

    I really have no idea what Lithuanian culture is like. Some few things I do know:

    - Lithuanian is supposedly the closest living language to Sanskrit.
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    The CCR5-D32 allele, which confers resistance to HIV infection, is present in about 16% of the Lithuanian population. Its relatively high frequency may have arisen as a response to epidemics of smallpox or plague in the region.
    This is the highest occurrence of the allele in Europe, as far as I know.
    - Lithuanians were the last people in Europe to be Christianized. They remained pagan until the 1400's or so.
    - Lithuanians speak a Baltic language closely related to Latvian and nowadays most are Roman Catholic.
    - Lithuanians really don't like to be considered Slavic...they especially don't like being called Poles or Russians.
    - The Lithuanians fought many wars against the Teutonic Order.
    Against Lithuania

    The Teutonic Knights began to direct their campaigns against pagan Lithuania (see Lithuanian mythology), especially after the fall of the Kingdom of Jerusalem at Acre in 1291. The knights moved their headquarters to Venice, from which they planned the recovery of Outremer.[11] Because "Lithuania Propria" remained non-Christian until the end of the 14th century, much later than the rest of eastern Europe, many knights from western European countries, such as England and France, journeyed to Prussia to participate in the seasonal campaigns (reyse) against the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Some of them campaigned against pagans to obtain remission for their sins, while others fought to gain military experience.

    Warfare between the Order and the Lithuanians was especially brutal. Non-Christians were seen as lacking rights possessed by Christians. Because enslavement of non-Christians was seen as acceptable at the time and the subdued native Prussians demanded land or payment, the Knights often used captured pagan Lithuanians for forced labor. The contemporary Austrian poet Peter Suchenwirt described treatment he witnessed of pagans by the Knights:

    Women and children were taken captive; What a jolly medley could be seen: Many a woman could be seen, Two children tied to her body, One behind and one in front; On a horse without spurs Barefoot had they ridden here; The heathens were made to suffer: Many were captured and in every case, Were their hands tied together They were led off, all tied up — Just like hunting dogs.[12]
    That's about all I know. I would really like to find out more about where in Lithuania my ancestors came from but that is proving very difficult.

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    Thanks alot for that post. I am Lithuanian on both sides but not exactly sure how much or who was. I soon will get my family tree and I'll find out, hopefully.

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