East Prussia had been German for centuries. All that changed in 1945 when the victorious Russians merged it into Russia and called it Kaliningrad. 1945 was a horrific year for Germans of East Prussia. The brutal battle and subsequent loot, pillage and rape scars the German psyche even today. Most Germans were expelled from there, other fled. Those who remained starved to death.
East Prussia's history is written in blood.
Today it is Russian. Kaliningrad. But traces of the German past remains even today. See the images below.....
VIDEO: EAST PRUSSIA 1945 PART 1
Although the 1945–1949 expulsion of Germans from the northern part of former East Prussia was often conducted in a violent and aggressive way by Soviet officials, the present Russian inhabitants of the Kaliningrad Oblast have much less animosity towards Germans. German names have been revived in commercial Russian trade and there is sometimes talk of reverting Kaliningrad's name to its historic name of Königsberg. The city centre of Kaliningrad was completely rebuilt, as British bombs in 1944 and the Soviet siege in 1945 had left it in nothing but ruins.
|Map of East Prussia showing the old German names of towns and the new names given by the conquerors|
Hell On Earth: East Prussia In 1945