National Geographic : 1938 Jun
Wilno, Stepchild of the Polish Frontier Photograph from Ernest Peterffy ACROSS TIME-WORN COBBLESTONES, WILNO SCHOOL CHILDREN WEND TO AN OUTDOOR ALTAR Smock and kerchief garb the worshipers in a Trinity Week processional. Long a shuttlecock for warring nations, Wilno Province, sandwiched between Lithuania and White Russia, was taken by Poland in 1920 from the Bolsheviki. Lithuania, whose historic capital was the deeply religious city of Wilno, protested Polish occu pation and severed diplomatic relations. Recently Poland massed troops and airplanes along the frontier and Lithuania agreed to renew normal intercourse. So intense was the feeling during the 18 years of disagreement that all communication across the border was suspended, even postal service.