- Photo by Pashka
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|Vytautas the Great was born
at Trakai. He referred to Sūduva as his inheritence, due to his Sūdovian
lineage. Vytautas was the prince of Grodno from 1376 to 1392, and he
stayed in Grodno during his preparations for the
Battle of Grunwald (1410). Since there
were many exiled Yotvingian / Sūdovians finding refuge from the Crusaders
near Grodno at that time, there is no doubt that Vytautas was in command of the
Яцьвягі / Sūdovians during the
Battle of Grunwald.
Fifty Polish and 41 Lithuanian banners included Russian
and Belarusian - Ruthenian lands controlled by Poland and Lithuania,
respectively, as well as the banners from independent territories that
joined the alliance (including the Novgorod banner.)
The long centuries of Sūdovian sacrifice
and resistance against the Crusaders of the Roman Catholic Church allowed
for Lithuanians - Poles - Belarusians to prepare a defense.
A census by clergy in the area around Grodno, Belarus in
the later half of the 1800's identified about 31,000
surviving Яцьвягі ( Yotvingians ).
Their descendents now fill that region. Modern genetic studies prove it.
The ethnocide against Яцьвягі / Sūdovians is very real and actively practiced* in Lithuania, Poland, Belarus, and Sweden.
Sūdovian Castle locations
near Pajevonys, Lietuva
The Republic of
Lithuania ruled in 2005 that SŪDUVA is only an ethnic/cultural term.
~ Sūduva was not allowed to vote! ~
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