Aušra ("The Dawn"), Nr. 37, appeared in June, 1983. The publication is dedicated to Catholic Committee for the Defense of Believers' Rights members Fathers Alfonsas Svarinskas and Sigitas Tamkevičius. In the introductory article, the arrest of these priests is characterized as an action by the totalitarian Communist government in an effort to destroy the Catholic Committee for the Defense of Believers' Rights itself. In the publication, much space is devoted to deciding the problem of Russification in Lithuania. Attention is given to the abnormal situation of Lithuanian young men in the Soviet army, and considerable space is devoted to a detailed discussion of the historical era of Lithuania from 1919 to 1939.
Aušra ("The Dawn"), Nr. 39, appearing October, 1983. In the article "A Look at Aušra after 100 Years", the author indicates the reasons and circumstances which encouraged the illegal publication of the first Lithuanian newspaper, Aušra. The similarity of problems raised in the present Aušra with those raised in the publication of the same name one hundred years ago, is discussed. Mention is made of the death, July 7, 1983, of the noted Lithuanian cultural activist-singer, Antanas Kučingis, who, who possessing an obvious talent, was able to remain faithful to his country. In this issue, the historical theme of "Forty Years" (1904-1944) is continued.
Lithuanian, do not forget!
Father Alfonsas Svarinskas, Father Sigitas Tamkevičius, Jadvyga Bieliauskienė, Sergei Kovalev, Viktoras Petkus, Balys Gajauskas, Vytautas Skuodis, Gintautas Iešmantas, Povilas Pečeliūnas, Antanas Terleckas, Julius Sasnauskas
and others bear the shackles of imprisonment so that you might live and believe in freedom!