Conversation with President Adamkus of Lithuania (1998-2003)

Valdus Adamkus was part of the anti-Nazi resistance in Lithuania during World War Two, and fled his native land for the US following the war, where he had a nice life, and rose high in the EPA bureaucracy in Chicago.  After the fall of the Berlin Wall and Lithuanian independence, there was a question about who would be his nation’s next president.  He said “Why not me?” and returned to win the election.  I spoke with him by phone from the presidential palace.

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