Jonas Žemaitis

About Jonas Žemaitis

Who is it?: Former President of Lithuania
Birth Day: March 15, 1909
Birth Place: Palanga, Lithuanian
Preceded by: Antanas Merkys (last head of state before the Soviet annexation in 1940)
Succeeded by: Vytautas Landsbergis (first head of state of independent Lithuania in 1991)
Allegiance: Lithuania
Years of service: 1926–1941 (Lithuanian Army) 1944 (Lithuanian Territorial Defense Force) 1945–1953 (Lithuanian partisans)
Rank: Brigade General
Commands: Union of Lithuanian Freedom Fighters

Jonas Žemaitis

Jonas Žemaitis was born on March 15, 1909 in Palanga, Lithuanian, is Former President of Lithuania. Jonas Zemaitis was the Chairman of the Lithuanian Movement for Freedom, posthumously recognized as the President of Lithuania. He was one of the leaders of armed resistance against the Soviet occupation in his native land, Lithuania. A zealous patriot, Jonas Zemaitis fought for the rights of his people till the very end and ultimately laid down his life for the cause he believed in, and thus became immortalized as a hero in Lithuanian history. It might seem ironical that the great revolutionary actually had a pleasant childhood, growing up in a big dairy farm. After completing his schooling he joined the military and it was there that he began developing his revolutionary ideals. He started his military career as a lieutenant and went on to further his training at the Fontainebleu school of artillery (Ecole d’Artillerie de Fontainebleau) after which he acquired the rank of a captain and went on to join the flocks of Lithuanian military forces. He was very passionate about the honor of his country and never shied away from risking his life for Lithuania. During the 1940s he rose in prominence as a part of the Lithuanian Freedom Army and the Lithuanian partisans and eventually became recognized as the Head of State of contemporary occupied Lithuania, posthumously in 2009
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As per our current Database, Jonas Žemaitis has been died on November 26, 1954 (aged 45)\nMoscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union.

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When Jonas Žemaitis die, Jonas Žemaitis was 45 years old.

Popular As Jonas Žemaitis
Occupation Revolutionaries
Age 45 years old
Zodiac Sign Aries
Born March 15, 1909 (Palanga, Lithuanian)
Birthday March 15
Town/City Palanga, Lithuanian
Nationality Lithuanian

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Žemaitis was born to Jonas Žemaitis and Petronėlė Daukšaitė. Despite the fact that his father was non-religious, Žemaitis was christened in Palanga's church. From 1910 to 1917, he lived with his parents in Łomża, Poland, where his uncle A. Daukša owned a large dairy farm. In Łomża, Žemaitis attended a primary school while his parents were working. In 1917, Žemaitis returned to Lithuania and settled down in the village of Kiaulininkai, near Šiluva, where his grandparents lived. In 1921, he finished first class at the Raseiniai Gymnasium. In 1926, started studying at the War School of Kaunas. In 1929, he finished this school and became a lieutenant. Žemaitis started his military Service with the 2nd Artillery Battery as a commander. In 1936–1938, Žemaitis studied at the School of Applied Artillery in Fontainebleu, France. After the studies, Žemaitis was promoted to captains and commanded artillery units of the Lithuania military forces.


After the Soviet occupation of Lithuania in June 1940, Žemaitis continued his active Service in the 617th Artillery Regiment, where he was the head of the regiment's school. At the beginning of the war between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany, Žemaitis was at the proving ground of Varėna. After receiving the order to retreat to the east, Žemaitis and a group of Soldiers consciously fell behind and surrendered to the Germans. He did not want to serve the Nazis, and therefore he retired and settled down in Kaunas. He worked as a technician of peat extraction.


In 1944, he joined the Lithuanian Territorial Defense Force, organized by Povilas Plechavičius. After the force was disbanded by the Nazis, Žemaitis went into hiding. When the Red Army returned to Lithuania, Žemaitis joined the Lithuanian Freedom Army and the Lithuanian partisans, steadily rising to a position of leadership. In February 1949, he established the Union of Lithuanian Freedom Fighters and became its chairman; he worked to continue partisan resistance to Soviet occupation and legitimize the actions of the partisans. In December 1951, he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and became paralyzed. In May 1953, his place of hiding was discovered by Soviet agents and he was arrested. After being transported to Moscow, he was interrogated by Lavrentiy Beria and was executed in the Butyrka prison in 1954.


Jonas Žemaitis is the namesake of the General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania. In 1995 a documentary Ketvirtasis Prezidentas (The Fourth President) was released about his life. Posthumously Jonas Žemaitis-Vytautas was awarded the rank of Brigadier General and was officially named as the fourth President of Lithuania in March 2009.

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