Monday, January 23, 2023

Dionyzas Varkalis

Lithuanian Dionyzas Varkalis, Klaipėda luminary, restless fighter for justice, Sąjūdis activist, museum owner, founder of the Blacksmith Museum in Klaipėda, died last July. 

He was one of the brightest personalities of Klaipėda, a living legend of the city. And having reached a respectable age of 87, the famous citizen did not lack energy and strength not only for blacksmithing, museology and arts, but also for politics.

While living in Klaipėda, D. Varkalis discovered a collapsed 19th century building in the old town: the forge, preserved it, organized the construction so that there would be a place to install the blacksmithing museum.

D. Varkalis was a research associate of the Museum of the History of Little Lithuania.

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