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Liesel Neusüss in Königsberg, February – April 1942

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Liesel Neusüss in Königsberg, February - April 1942

Walter Neusüß flew until around end of 1941. After sustaining a further wounding, he was from around January till end of April 1942 in or near Königsberg, firstly for treatment and recovery and then presumably for further training. The wounds he had probably received on the Eastern Front, at the time Kampgeschwader 4 was operating in various sectors in Russia. After the wounds he was no longer with Kampfgeschwader 4. From February till April 1942 his wife came from Hamburg to be nearby. The little daughter, Birgitt, stayed with the grandparents Alfred and Martha Gottwald in their home in Tarnowitzer Weg 10 in Hamburg-Dulsberg. Liesel stayed in accomodation with the family of Adalbert Bedarf in the Kurfürstendamm 3. A photo records this, and can be seen on this article. Walter and Liesel were able to visit some interesting places in Königsberg, such as the castle, Königsberger Schloss. There are a couple of photos which record their visit to that place together with a comrade and his wife (may be posted later)

At the beginning of May 1942 the family (all three) moved to Langenlebarn into the family quarters at the airfield and Luftkriegsschule 7 (Tulln). Walter had his duties as Peilfunkleiter and Leiter der Flugberatungsstelle, retaining his rank of Oberfeldwebel. At the same time, he had much more time for wife and daughter and all spent a few happy years, before the evacuation on 2nd April 1945.

The photo shows Liesel Neusüß with her host family in Königsberg, Kurfürstendamm 3, early 1942
The family of Adalbert Bedarf ran an inn with restaurant. They are recorded in a census for the year 1934 as being at that address and with that profession. The fate of that family in 1944/45 is not recorded. The Russians have occupied the area and are still there today (Kaliningrad). The city of Königsberg was totally destroyed and the historic castle was burned out in July 1945 and demolished by the Russians in 1950. All that remains are the cellars, where the famous Amber Room or Bernsteinzimmer is thought to have been kept. This has also disappeared without trace till today.

Last picture shows the courtyard and cellar of the Königsberger Schloss. The cellar was a well-known restaurant known as the "Königsberger Blutgericht". This photo from early 1942 shows Walter Neusüß and a comrade with their wives.

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Further pictures of the city of Königsberg, the provinical capital of East and West Prussia.

The first picture shows an aerial view of the old centre of Königsberg, 1925

The second is of the Schlossteich, the small lake next to the castle, 1912

The third shows all the regimental standards of the garrison of Königsberg before 1914

The fourth shows the End in April 1945. Officers as p.o.w. in the ruins of Königsberg

The fifth shows the ruins of the city of Königsberg after its fall. View from the tomb of Immanuel Kant

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Two new photos now added to the first part of this article.

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Here is an old photo of Königsberg, Schloßhof mit "Blutgericht", which I found. None of this exists any more, completely destroyed in July 1945, and ruins blown up and completely removed in 1950*. The end of nearly 1000 years of history. A further postcard depicts the historic "Blutgericht".

A map dating from 1937 of the airfield Königsberg-Devau.

* Have just read, the remains of the castle where destroyed on the orders of Leonid Breschnjew in 1968.

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