Posted 2012-03-19 15:34 (#89216 - in reply to #88806) Subject: RE: Mickiewicz not even one drop of Lithuanian blood
Yes, Adam Mickiewcz wasn't Lithuanian, he was Polish. It is not a sensation, scientists know it. The problem is that many Lithuanians don't know. It is because all names in Lithuanian is Lithuanised, thus Adam Mickiewicz becomes Adomas Mickevičius, you, Lutz Szemkus, will became as Liucijus Šimkus so is created impression that Adam Mickiewicz is Lithuanian (for Lithuanians). "Hey, he had Lithuanian name!" - so think many. Also the fact that Adam Mickiwiecz was born in historical region of Lithuania, which is not the same as modern Lithuania. The differencies between two is usually not explained. So not surprise that some Lithuanians without any bad intentions really believe that Adam Mickiewicz was Lithuanian. Honestly saying there are more examples where Lithuanisation mania strikes back to Lithuanians as boomerang.
Also in Lithuania, exists an opinion that Mickiwiecz's ancestors settled from Lithuanian regions. i.e. it is agreed that Mickiewicz was completely Pole, but ancestors weren't. This myth has no roots, it is explained by Czesław Miłosz in his own book "In search of a Homeland". Also studies shows that Mickiewcz mother probabaly was Jewish origin.