For close to 200 years, Lithuania–once a powerful empire–suffered under rule and occupation by foreign powers except for one brief period of independence from 1918-1940. On March 11, 1990, Lithuania declared its restitution of independence from the Soviet Union, which finally recognized its independence almost a year and a half later. Today’s story for older children is set on a hill of crosses in Lithuania, a monument to the undying faith of her people despite their years under an atheistic regime. It’s the fictional story of Dalia, a girl who feels less lovable than her brother at home and wonders if God feels the same way about her.
Fits European history and Holiday timelines.*
*If you are new to this series, visit my introduction to timelines.