Skuodis' Letter to the US President Jimmy Carter, November 1979
Skuodis’ letter to the US president Jimmy Carter was written on 28 November 1979. In the letter, Skuodis presented himself as a citizen of the USA (Benedict Scott, born in Chicago in 1929). He reveals the human rights situation in Soviet Lithuania. In the letter, he blames the Soviet regime for the violation of the democratic rights of citizens. He mentions the KGB search of his house in 1979, when many drafts and manuscripts were taken by KGB investigators. One of these was the manuscript of his book Dvasinis genocidas Lietuvoje (Spiritual Genocide in Lithuania). The book is a detailed survey of the KGB’s persecution of the Catholic Church in Lithuania, and Skuodis planned to send it to the West. It was published in Lithuania only after the collapse of the Soviet Union, in 1996.
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