Happy Birthday, Leonore!

Happy 90 th Birthday! Leonore Echt was born in 1929 in Insterburg (today Chernjachowsk, Russian Federation Kaliningrad Oblast). In Johannesburg (South Africa) we celebrated the birthday …….

Heiny Ellert

Heiny Ellert’s Testimony – Heydekrug

The city of Heydekrug in East Prussia (formerly Germany, today Lithuania) has a special history. In 1941 Heydekrug took the initiative and took Jews from the newly conquered areas across the border to run their own concentration camp in the village for a few years. So it happened that well-known former Heydekrugers met their old neighbours as work slaves.

Driesen Foundation Staircase

From Shelter to Deportation – Driesen Foundation

…. . This is the “Driesen Foundation”. Christians and Jews lived here together, as everywhere in Königsberg. In 1936 the magistrate decided that it would no longer be reasonable for Christians to live under one roof with Jews. ……

Lauknen Synagoge Detail

From Laukuva to Heydekrug

Some days after German invasion to Lithuania, on Sunday, June 29, 1941 men from the German SS- unit Heydekrug (East Prussia) arrived in Laukuva (Lithuania).

Koenigsberg Hoffmannstr 18

Judenhaus Hoffmannstreet 18

In June 1942, when the first deportation from Königsberg to Minsk took place, it was about as hot as in those June days. Anyway, eyewitnesses

Jews in East Prussia Kaukehmen

Hohenbruch’s Secrets

The two commandant office buildings are still standing April 2019 – On our excursion we came to Lauknen, which later became Hohenbruch and today is

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