The Spirit of Lukiškės: a Prison as Microcosm of Modern Vilna

This article analyses the Lukiškės Prison as a microcosm of the 20th century history of Vilna and the Vilna region. It tries to bring together different historical narratives on Łukiszki, Lukiškės and Лукiшкi i.e. the Polish, Lithuanian and Belarusian narratives respectively. The idea is to develop a more interconnected story, one in which Lithuanian, Polish, Jewish, Russian, Soviet and also German histories, rather than being taken exclusively from one another, are seen as a part of a greater whole. The goal of this paper is to pull together these loose ends by demonstrating one succinct point: that Lukiškės Prison is a shared space, which incorporates modern strategies of exclusion, punishment, discipline and destruction.