Memoirs of a Lithuanian Diplomat About Active but Little Known Lithuanian-American Balys Pranas Mastauskas
Keywords:Balys Pranas Mastauskas, Julius J. Bielskis, memoirs, American Lithuanians, Washington, Switzerland, Paris Peace conference, Lithuanian delegation
Annotation. Randomly discovered memories of Julius J. Bielskis, former Honorary Consul General of Lithuania in Los Angeles, about the little-known American Lithuanian Balys Pranas Mastauskas/Frank Mast (1889–1961) enabled them to be published by brieﬂy presenting this active character. His greatest contribution was from 1918 to 1919, seeking recognition of the Lithuanian state in Washington and Paris, working in Switzerland. From 1919 to 1923 he assisted Lithuanian representatives in the USA. Has had extensive contacts in US political circles. Later, while living in Chicago, he was an active expatriate, attorney and lecturer at Loyola University. Belonging to the Lithuanian Catholic ideological group in the United States, he was close to the Lithuanian politicians for Christian democrats, and was more bold in criticizing the politicians of other currents, especially nationalists. J. J. Bielskis records, brieﬂy, the major achievements of B. P. Mastauskas in political-social activities, reveals his character, his personal traits, his talent for connecting with people in need, and points out that Mastauskas was honest, dutiful and hard-working. Mr. Bielskis did not question his patriotism.