Nijolė Sadūnaitė

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Nijolė Sadūnaitė (born 22 July 1938 in Kaunas) was a clandestine Lithuanian Catholic nun of the Soviet period who worked with the Chronicle of the Catholic Church in Lithuania.[1] In 1975 she faced three years of imprisonment for her efforts. She spent time imprisoned in the Moldavian SSR and then in Boguchany.[2] She reportedly faced a variety of abuses in this period, including torture.[3] She wrote A Radiance in the Gulag about her experiences.[4][5]

In 2018, Sadunaite received the 'Lithuanian Freedom Award".[6] She was the first female in history to receive the award.


  1. ^ Tapinas, Laimonas et al., eds. (1997) "Lietuvos katalikų bažnyčios kronika" (PDF) Žurnalistikos enciklopedija (in Lithuanian) Vilnius: Pradai pg 284 ISBN 9986-776-62-7
  2. ^ An interview of Nijolė Sadūnaitė by Rushworth M Kidder of The Christian Science Monitor from April 24 1989
  3. ^ "What Would the World Be Like Without Him?" by Robin Wright in the July 1994 Issue of The Atlantic
  4. ^ "In the Land of Crosses" from the September 2013 "First Things"
  5. ^ A review of "A Radiance in the Gulag" in the January 17, 1988 LA Times
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