Atlas Obscura on July 21, shared the fascinating story of 19th Century Lithuanian book smugglers. Tsarist Russia tried to stamp out the native Lithuanian language and religion, hoping to force the Lithuanians to become loyal to the Russian cause. With a huge population difference, a military revolt was not a good proposition. Instead, Lithuanians printed Lithuanian books in East Prussia and smuggled them back to Lithuania. Called the knygnešiai, the smugglers faced imprisonment, exile to Siberia and possibly death if caught.
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