23 September 2016

Took the bus to city center, ate before class. ‘Minorities’ was again very interesting.

We first learned about the various interwar constitutions, only two of which stipulated specific rights for minority groups. In addition to a declaration on the protection of minorities (a requirement for admission to the League of Nations), these were the only documents that clarified rights of minority groups during the interwar period.

We then learned about public organizations during the interwar period via results of a 1931 census. 820 public organizations existed with over 287,000 people involved. Of this number, 60,000 were Jews (every third Jew). Jews were mostly involved in charitable organizations, as well as the underground Lithuanian Communist Party of which they accounted for more than 40 percent. I found it funny (and appropriate) that of the thousands involved in temperance organizations, only 4 were Jews.

We lastly learned about the various Seimas (parliaments) during the interwar period, all except the last included minorities. There was even a Minister for Jewish Affairs between 1920 and 1923.

After class I signed my Study Agreement at the International Programs office and then traveled back to Olandu.

Rested until the evening. I went to a Hookah bar with the Dutch brothers and others. It was nice.


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