On Thursday evening, I attended a reception honoring the release the Lithuanian translation of Professor Alfred Erich Senn’s book Lithuania 1940: Revolution from Above. I can count the number of historians in the United States who write about Lithuania on one hand — and that number includes me. Professor Senn is the senior member of that group. Now retired from University of Wisconsin-Madison, Professor Senn began his career as a historian of Imperial Russia. However, family heritage led him to write about Lithuania. His book Lithuania Awakening (now out of print so check your library) chronicles the birth of the Lithuanian independence movement in the late 1980s from first-hand observations. He recently published a book based on the daily diary of American consul in Lithuania in the 1920s. He is a witty and interesting conversationalist and has helped me tremendously in my own work. I am pleased to recommend any of his books for those who are interested in learning more about Lithuania.
February 19, 2011
Alfred Erich Senn
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