A memorial commemorating the deeds of Soviet soldiers during the Second World War has been unveiled in Lithuania.
SCU & ZOOM OUT... from monument
CU Women in crowd and ZOOM TO SCU..
GV Movement and crowd
SV Military flag-bearers up steps
CU Face of statue
SV People laying wreathe
GV People at memorial with wreathe
WAR MONUMENT CROWD; WREATHS; MILITARY FLAGBEARERS.
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Background: A memorial commemorating the deeds of Soviet soldiers during the Second World War has been unveiled in Lithuania.
Lithuania was formerly independent, but a Soviet-German treaty signed in 1939 described Lithuania as within the USSR's sphere of influence. Lithuania signed a mutual assistance treaty with the USSR in Moscow later that year, agreeing to admit Soviet garrisons and aircraft. On June 15, 1940, the Lithuanian leader, Smetona, fled from the country and Soviet forces moved in. Lithuania was declared a constituent republic of the USSR on August 3, 1940.
The country was occupied by Germany in June, 1941, and by 1943 nearly 5,000 German families had moved in under a colonisation scheme.
Lithuania was regained by Soviet forces in 1944. Nearly all Lithuanian Jews had been killed, and thousands of other citizens died after being sent to concentration camps by the Germans, who also closed universities in an attempt to destroy Lithuanian culture.
SYNOPSIS: A new monument has been unveiled in the Soviet republic of Lithuania. The memorial commemorates the deeds of Soviet soldiers during the Second World War.
During the war Lithuania had become a member of the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics.
But it was occupied by Germany in 1941.
Soviet troops regained Lithuania in 1944.