Bernardas Brazdžionis
Bernardas Brazdžionis was a Lithuania
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n poet. Bernardas Brazdžionis also used various pen name
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s, such as Vytė Nemunėlis, Jaunasis Vaidevutis.


Bernardas Brazdžionis was born in Stebeikėliai in 1907, however after one year Brazdžionis' family emigrated to United States
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. Brazdžionis along with his family stayed in the US until 1914, when they returned to Lithuania. Bernardas Brazdžionis finished Biržai
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 gymnasium in 1929, soon after graduation he enrolled in Vytautas Magnus University
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, which Brazdžionis finished in 1934.

Bernardas Brazdžionis helped to copyread various Lithuanian journals and papers, like Ateities spinduliai, Pradalgės. He also wrote critiques of various books. In 1939 Bernardas Brazdžionis was awarded with the State literature prize for his poetry book Kunigaikščių miestas. In 1944 Bernardas Brazdžionis moved to Germany
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, there he lived until 1949. Brazdžionis finally settled in the US, actively participating in Lithuanian community activities. Patriotic songs based on his poems were performed during the Singing Revolution
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 in Lithuania; the complete edition of Brazdžionis' poetry Poezijos pilnatis was sold with great success and reached big popularity. Bernardas Brazdžionis died in Los Angeles, 2002 and in the same year was reburied in Kaunas
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 Petrašiūnai Cemetery
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