Photo Album:Still lives, distant voices: haunting recreations of 1930s Poland – in pictures.
In homage to Rembrandt and Vermeer, Richard Tuschman makes dioramas of Jewish homes in Kraków between the wars, full of wistful, troubled families.
Pairing: Lithuania/Fem!Poland Rating: M Warnings: Discussion of sex, mild violence, so much angst Word Count: 2412 Note: Takes place during the Polish-Lithuanian War. Filled on the Kink Meme. Special thanks to kerrygethere for looking over this thing!
After regaining independence after WWI, Poland and Lithuania have very different ideas about where their political and personal relationship will go. War is their last - and only - choice.
Horse carriages pass Lithuania’s office on the ground floor. The clock above the door ticks a little past two in the afternoon. The walls are thin, and Lithuania hears and understands the mix of Polish and Yiddish outside his window. Rarely does he catch his own Lithuanian being spoken. Despite being his capital for over 500 years, Vilnius has become a center of Polish and Jewish and even Belarusian—not Lithuanian—culture.
But the city is his. Even under Russian rule, he felt the pulse of Vilnius. The cooling waters of the Neris flow through his veins, and the bells of the Vilnius Cathedral ring to the beat of his heart. The people are his too. Yom Kippur is in a few days, and his Jewish people are bustling to get preparations completed before Wednesday. The Poles are slipping from his consciousness—many want to be reunited with Poland, but a few are loyal to him and they sound in his mind as clear as any ethnic Lithuanian.