Yellow Green Red: A Story of Faith
by Paulius Klimas
Yellow Green Red is a true account of how my faith, which propelled pro-active events, defeated Soviet lies thirty years ago. A positive message appeals to everyone, and I present a story of how one man effectively made a dream to publicize Lithuania a reality. As a non-fiction, motivational account of how my heritage helped me become an activist over thirty years ago, it is still pertinent today.
A TV anchorman once told me that a small country can’t afford a paid public relations worker. I had to act on my own. I succeeded in getting publicity without the internet, cell phones, twitter, etc. It is a first-hand account of my innovative projects such as walking 500 miles to free a Lithuanian dissident, media interviews, letters to the editor, opinion pieces in English, and articles that I wrote in Lithuanian.
In May 1988, I, Paulius Klimas, a 27-year-old shoe salesman, walked 500 miles to publicize Lithuania, and ultimately help free the first Lithuanian dissident, Petras Gražulis, sentenced during Glasnost to ten months in a Soviet prison for attending an independence commemoration in Latvia. (Glasnost was Soviet leader Gorbachev’s openness policy.) Gražulis was released from prison in November 1988 and has been a member of the Lithuanian parliament since 1996.
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