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The text from the „Acquaintance with Lithuania. Book of the Millennium. I“. Kaunas: “Krastotvarka”, 1999. C.68-74



Martynas jankus. Photo from the archuves of the Lithuanian National MuseumMartynas Jankus (August 8, 1858 May 23, 1946 in Flensburg, Germany). Activist of the Lithuanian national movement, publisher. He resisted the Germanization of the Klaipeda area, and propagated the union of Lithuania and Lithuania Minor. One of the founders of the newspaper Ausra (The Dawn, 1883-1887) and cultural society Birute, publisher of the magazines Varpas (The Bell, 1889-1905) and Ukininkas (The Farmer, 1890-1905). He co-operated with book carriers during the period of the prohibition of Lithuanian press, and co-ordinated the trade of banned Lithuanian books. From the end of 1922 till the beginning of 1923 he was the Chairman of the Chief Salvation Committee for Lithuania Minor.