AB Underground printing house

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Spaustuvės str. 2, Saliai village, Domeikava, Kaunas dictrict
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It’s hard to believe, but it’s true. In Saliai garden village in Kaunas district, during the final years of the Soviet occupation, an underground printing house operated undetected for a decade. Its founders, Vytautas Andziulis and Juozas Bacevičius, worked hard, fought against the propaganda spread by the occupying power and strove for the spiritual values of the nation to not be completely destroyed.

It’s interesting that the teacher’s son, Vytautas Andziulis, who was taught patriotism from an early age, began confronting the Soviet government in 1968 when he first had the idea to build a permanent country house in a garden village, something that seemed unacceptable at the time. It’s precisely under this hand-built house that a printing house was established a decade later. It was hidden from absolutely everyone, even from Andziulis’ children. The story goes that after the children discovered the secret cellar, Andziuliai had to lie to them and say that they were simply experimenting with… plants… there.

The first book published at the illegal printing house, whose founders lent its name the first letters of their own names, was Tikybos pirmamokslis (The Beginner’s Guide to Religion) by bishop Kazimieras Paltarokas. Between 1981 and 1990, the publishing house printed 23 publications relating to patriotism and religion (banned by the occupying power), with a total print run of 138,000 copies. The publications were distributed through the country house of Juozas Bacevičius in Šakiai district. Everything was printed using the same printing machine assembled by Andziulis. One of the most important books published here, was Lietuva ir Tarybų Sąjunga lemtingais Lietuvai 1939–1940 metais (Lithuania and the Soviet Union in the Fatal Period to Lithuania, 1939-1940), by the last Minister of Foreign Affairs of the First Independent Republic of Lithuania, Juozas Urbšys.

Since Andziulis’ death, his wife Birutė, who always helped him, continues to take care of the legacy of the printing house. Today, a museum functions on the site, which, of course, isn’t easy to find. It’s necessary to walk around the house and enter the greenhouse. Inside the hiding place you can see the printing house located deep underground, the original printing machine, copies of documents relating to the fight against the Nazis and Soviets, publications of the underground press and photographs of member of the resistance. The AB printing house is included in the international list of historically valuable Cold War mechanisms and locations. Since 1997, it’s been a branch of the Vytautas Magnus War Museum in Kaunas.

AB Underground printing house

Spaustuvės str. 2, Saliai village, Domeikava, Kaunas dictrict

It’s hard to believe, but it’s true. In Saliai garden village in Kaunas district, during the final years of the Soviet occupation, an underground printing house operated undetected for a decade. Its founders, Vytautas Andziulis and Juozas Bacevičius, worked hard, fought against the propaganda spread by the occupying power and strove for the spiritual values of the nation to not be completely destroyed.

It’s interesting that the teacher’s son, Vytautas Andziulis, who was taught patriotism from an early age, began confronting the Soviet government in 1968 when he first had the idea to build a permanent country house in a garden village, something that seemed unacceptable at the time. It’s precisely under this hand-built house that a printing house was established a decade later. It was hidden from absolutely everyone, even from Andziulis’ children. The story goes that after the children discovered the secret cellar, Andziuliai had to lie to them and say that they were simply experimenting with… plants… there.

The first book published at the illegal printing house, whose founders lent its name the first letters of their own names, was Tikybos pirmamokslis (The Beginner’s Guide to Religion) by bishop Kazimieras Paltarokas. Between 1981 and 1990, the publishing house printed 23 publications relating to patriotism and religion (banned by the occupying power), with a total print run of 138,000 copies. The publications were distributed through the country house of Juozas Bacevičius in Šakiai district. Everything was printed using the same printing machine assembled by Andziulis. One of the most important books published here, was Lietuva ir Tarybų Sąjunga lemtingais Lietuvai 1939–1940 metais (Lithuania and the Soviet Union in the Fatal Period to Lithuania, 1939-1940), by the last Minister of Foreign Affairs of the First Independent Republic of Lithuania, Juozas Urbšys.

Since Andziulis’ death, his wife Birutė, who always helped him, continues to take care of the legacy of the printing house. Today, a museum functions on the site, which, of course, isn’t easy to find. It’s necessary to walk around the house and enter the greenhouse. Inside the hiding place you can see the printing house located deep underground, the original printing machine, copies of documents relating to the fight against the Nazis and Soviets, publications of the underground press and photographs of member of the resistance. The AB printing house is included in the international list of historically valuable Cold War mechanisms and locations. Since 1997, it’s been a branch of the Vytautas Magnus War Museum in Kaunas.

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