12 January 2020: The so-called Old Jewish Cemetery in Königsberg continues to send signals to us. With every visit we find new gravestones, this time a couple known to us was present - because they had bought entrance tickets for the opening of the synagogue in 1896.
In times of persecution and humiliation by the German nation he survived with the help of sincere individuals and the Bosch company and escaped extermination as almost the only one in his family. Out of gratitude for their own happiness and the help of private and business friends in difficult life situations, the widow Hildegard Losten initiated the foundation.
The Mikveh is still waiting to be furnished in the basement of the synagogue. For the religious life of the congregation, the possibility of visiting a Mikveh is a basic need. Many Jewish women are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to fully practice their religious lives
Original sounds (in German) of the descendants of the Jews from Königsberg and community members can be heard at the opening. And it is about the developments and plans around this outstanding building in the first year of its existence.
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.
The Jewish cemetery in Mikołajki (the East Prussian Nikolaiken) from the year 1881 is one of the few preserved Jewish burial places in Masuria. Several dozen gravestones with Hebrew and German inscriptions can still be seen today. In October 2019, students from the Masurian city of Mrągowo (Sensburg) had a practical learning unit here, combined with a help mission.