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The truth about my ‘hero’ grandfather

Silvia Foti's grandfather was seen as a war hero in Lithuania, but a chance conversation on a trip there made Silvia question everything she'd learnt about him and about her past.

Growing up in the United States, Silvia Foti couldn't have been more proud of her Lithuanian heritage, in particular her grandfather. Silvia's family had crossed the Atlantic after the Second World War but she always knew that, back in Lithuania, her grandfather was seen as a war hero. She'd been told that he'd been executed at the age of 37 for standing up to the Soviet regime and trying to lead a rebellion against their occupation of Lithuania. Silvia tells Emily Webb how a chance conversation on a trip to Lithuania made her question everything she'd learnt about her past.

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Credit: Courtesy of Silvia Foti

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