Here is first lesson in Poland objectivity and fairness for "fair" and "objective" Lithuania:
Bilingual signs in Polish and Kaszubian:
Bilingual signs in Polish and German:
St Vladimir Foundation for Ukrainians:
And for Lithuanians, one example comes to mind: Gmina Puńsk recognizes Lithuanian language as official language together with Polish since 2006, and approved $450,000 budget for them that year. There are several Lithuanian cultural organisations of Lithuanians since 1992, several buildings dedicated to them (including ethnographic museum in Seyny), 17 Lithuanian schools where Lithuanian is official as well as meetings and music festivals, all funded by Polish taxes:
Oh yes, and we don't force them to write their names in Polish form. And then Lithuanian PM condemns recent vandalism of LITHUANIAN language signs in NE Poland? http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/24/us-poland-lithuania-idUSTRE77N00Q20110824
I won't even get into Lithuanian government neglect of Polish education concerns.
Very sad state of affairs.
It's obvious the majority wants to rule over the minority in every land, thus the majority often look at the minority as the potential brake of majority's interests… so the majority always tries to eliminate the minority – in our case through assimilation (thus forcing the minority to become a part of majority), in extreme cases through displacement. Some majorities do it slower and more kindly, some not. Neither Lithuania nor Poland is any exception, but the difference is whether they do compromises or some of them still cry, accuse the other one and in doing so they ignore own minorities (I really dislike the last one). OK, Polish authorities aren't any saints but to be fair, they are able to admit their guilt and correct the things. E.g. Polish returning board proclaimed in 2002 the Slovak minority in Poland has only 2 000 persons. But after protests (by letters) of the minority Poland admitted the number is much higher – 47 000. Hungarian authorities wouldn't admit their guilt like Poland.
Here I'm on the Polish side, 'cause IMO the Lithuanians are little bit paranoid of everything Slavic. A friend of mine had studied in Vilnius and it was like that :
[size=8pt]– Are you a Russian?
– But your language sounds Slavic.
+ Actually it's Slavic.
– So you are a Pole? It's more like Polish indeed.
– Because Poles are Slavic like Russians and we do not like Russians, they ruled over us such a long time.
– We think all Slavs are like Russians… oh, how much we hate them!