HELLP and Lithuanian Studies Society of the Tasmania University Union

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HELLP and Lithuanian Studies Society of the Tasmania University Union

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HELLP or Help the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian Peoples Association was formed in Hobart in September 1974 to make people aware of the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian nations continuing struggle for survival and self determination and to press for a reversal of the Australian Govenment's recognition of Russian sovereignty over them. Annual ecumenical services and vigils were held. and social functions etc to raise money. Baltic News was published quarterly from March 1975 with news of the persecution, prisoners of conscience etc. It was edited by Algimantas Taskunas, of the University's administrative staff, and ceased publication in December 1990 after the easing of Soviet control of the Baltic States.
The Lithuanian Studies Society of the Tasmania University Union was fOITI1ed in 1987 by a small group of students to make Australians more aware of Lithuania and
its heritage. Films and lectures on Lithuanian topics are presented regularly during term and workshops to demonstrate traditional Lithuanian crafts. Academic papers from these activities are published annually in the Society'S journal, Lithuanian Papers. The foundation President of the Society was Liz Watchorn, followed by Simon Taskunas. The Society's logo is the black iron wolf of Vilnius.


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