The Hope and Spirit series was dedicated to the 20 million victims of Soviet atrocities, who suffered the brutality of genocide, and the injustice of the subsequent denial of their victimization.
Those who survived deportations and life in Gulags, did so due to the strength of their spirit, the force of their will, and endless hope. Thus, the title was Hope and Spirit, a celebration of the human spirit.
I organized an extensive program of art and photography exhibits, film screenings, book signings, poetry readings, lectures, and exhibits of original historical materials. If we forget history, it will repeat itself. The Hope and Spirit series took place at the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture in Chicago, Illinois, from June 2011 through April 2012.
Russian militaristic nationalism, the same as Stalinism, is reasserting itself through invasions of neighboring countries. Most ominous are threats against other European countries, and the open discussion of the use of nuclear weapons against European cities. The recent events in Ukraine indicate that my Hope and Spirit concerns were prophetic.
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