Exhibition annotation

Man of letters, a translator, a satirist Algirdas Kazragis was born on April 28, 1928 in Darbėnai, in the district of Kretinga. He started writing poems at the age of 13. For the first time, his poem “The Morning of Peace” was publishing in the Farmer’s Newspaper in June 1945. He was under J. Uosis nickname.  While studying at the Telšiai Žemaitė Gymnasium, he edited the Gymnasium wallpapers “Free Hours“, besides collected folk tales and used it in “The Tale of the Lake”, but the rest remain as manuscripts.
During the WWII fourteen-year-old Algirdas and his eleven-year-old sister, Gražina nestle up at their grandmother in Mosėdis. That their parents were alive, the children learned only at the end of the WWII.
Although Algirdas Kazragis was a secretary of the Komsomolsk organization, he left it in 1949, at the University. He assisted the Junior Jubilee ticket at the public meeting of the Faculty of philology. Fleeing persecution at that time, he stayed at the former director of Žemaitė Gymnasium and Lithuanian teacher Steponas Skeivis. This event deteriorated weak and poorly health of Algirdas.
Studies at Vilnius University lead him to the poets Justinas Marcinkevičius, Algimantas Baltakis and writer Vincas Mykolaitis-Putinas. Vincas Mykolaitis-Putinas advised young writer to learn various languages and read great poets in original language.  When asked about the meaning of life a writer responded: “You must always listen to the voice of your conscience, if the conscience is calm, the path will lead you to the greatness. Moreover, for the purpose and meaning of life, it was the riddle to decide for thousands of years. The meaning of life is a self- sacrifice for the sake of others“.
Algirdas taught at Kretigalė School, after graduating from Vilnius University, in 1953. After that, he got a job in Telšiai newspaper; there he spent a short, but most of creative life period. His creative legacy consist of a printed brochure about the introduction of Christianity in Lithuania “Violence and fraud” (1966), local history feature articles “On Samogitian hills” (1968), a collection of prose “What is innermost depth: Childhood views” (1969). Other novels translated from Russian language: “D. Dimovas “Doomed souls” (1965), Š.Rankovičius “The king of woods” (1966), novel of J. Lavrovas “Meeting the miracle” (1967), R.Kimas “Ghost school” from the series “Paths of the brave” (1970). There were short stories, poems, humorous articles, satirical paintings, play “Žentelis” (From the collections “Long, long years, 1971) published in the periodical press.
One of the most popular works is „Pjaun ba peilė, dor ba īlas“or the poem about Vaškė Ontė.
Algirdas Kazragis died on April 24, 1969 in Telšiai. The largest part of his creative manuscript heritage is stored in the Samogitian Museum “Alka”.