At my feet land of beauty and abundance, bright sky overhead, by my side a fair face.
Why does my heart escape to that far off place and, alas, to times of far greater distance.
Our families were from the Suwalki, Grodno (Hrodna), Wilno (Vilnius) and Oszmiana regions originally belonging to the Rzeczpospolita Obojga Narodów (the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth). At the end of the 18th century they came under Russian rule for about 120 years. At actual times, the lands of the former Rzeczpospolita gave birth to different independent states : Poland, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine.
A brief history on Poland and Lithuania you can find at Pfeiffer's Brief History of Poland. In Dutch you can read our Kleine geschiedenis van Polen - Litouwen.
We also have nice Pictures and old Maps of Poland and Lithuania.
Our favorite links to the world :
Science, Arts & Education - Wetenschap, Kunst & Onderwijs
Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine, Belarus