Read this great article on newyorker.com, about an award-winning photojournalist’s journey to a small town just an hour’s drive south of Lithuania’s capital city of Vilnius, to an area know by the name of its largest town “Dieveniškės” – a narrow panhandle, or “appendix” that pushes into the countryside of neighboring Belarus.
A Corner of Europe Frozen in Time
BY MICHAEL CASPER, JANUARY 19, 2016
About out an hour’s drive south of Lithuania’s capital city of Vilnius, the country’s narrow panhandle, locally known as the “appendix,” starts to push into the countryside of neighboring Belarus. The joke in Lithuania is that, while drawing the borders of the region, Stalin set his pipe down on the map—no one was brave enough to move it, so improbable borders were drawn around its perimeter. But while the boundaries between Soviet republics were fluid, today this sliver of Lithuania, known by the name of its largest town, Dieveniškės, is separated by security fences from Belarus, with its entrenched Soviet ways, and by awkward geography from the relative progress of the rest of Lithuania. With its scattering of tumbledown villages, many of whose residents speak a mix of Polish and Belarusian, the region lives according to its own rhythms.…Read more on newyorker.com…