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  Not just for catholic crosses
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The first written record dates back to 1850 but it may have gone back to the Middle Ages in fact. It is thought that the 1850 is about the crosses planted in memory of the victims of 1831 rebellion against the Russians. After the 1863 rebellion the number of crosses increased and in the early 1900 there were already about 150. After the late 1930s the crosses multiplied rapidly. In 1961 the Soviet decided that these crosses show too much religion and they came with the bulldozer, but still people resumed planting crosses, so another estimated 1200 crosses came under the bulldozer in 1975. The cross planting was a way for the Lithuanians to show their independence and defiance towards the Soviet occupation.

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  • Written Feb 11, 2007
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