Zaborskaitė (1922-2010) was a literary critic and historian. After she was dismissed from the Department of Lithuanian Literature at Vilnius University in 1961, she worked at the Institute of History. She became an active member of the Sąjūdis movement. She was also a member of the group of scholars who prepared educational reform for the Republic of Lithuania. She is the author of a biography of the famous Lithuanian poet Maironis (1862-1932).
The life, work and activities of Professor Vanda Zaborskaitė are relevant to the theme of cultural opposition for at least three reasons. First of all, in the 1950s and early 1960s, she was a member of the Department of Lithuanian Literature at Vilnius University. At that time, the department came under strong ideological criticism from the government. Zaborskaitė belonged to the so-called group of 'witches' that were forced to leave their positions as lecturers. Secondly, Zaborskaitė's research interests included the life and poetry of the Lithuanian poet Jonas Mačiulis-Maironis. While Maironis was not banned as an author in Soviet Lithuania, the estimation of his personality was complicated. Thirdly, Zaborskaitė was religious since her early childhood. She kept in touch with a number of Catholic priests, keeping up a correspondence with them.
Vilnius , Lithuania
- Vaškai, Lithuania