Tour Photos

by Roger Ehrich

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Thursday, 3 September 2009 (Duisburg)

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3286-Kultur und Stadthistorisches Museum, Duisburg 3288-Lorenz Grimoni and Manfred Ehrich, Museum Stadt Königsberg

Friday, 4 September 2009 (Duisburg)

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3314-Museum Stadt Königsberg, Duisburg 3315-Museum Stadt Königsberg, Duisburg

Tuesday, 8 September 2009 (Poland)

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3364-First discussions 3367-Loading our bus

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3371-Afternoon coffee break 3372-Dirk prepares to drive on

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3377-Picking up passengers at Schönefeld Airport, Berlin 3383-Dinner at Hotel Gromada, Schneidemühl (Piła)

Wednesday, 9 September 2009 (Poland - Königsberg - Rauschen)

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3384-Schneidemühl (Piła), from hotel window 3386-Hotel Gromada, Schneidemühl (Piła)

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3413-CANPOL tourist complex near Schlochau (Człuchów) 3414-Some gas stations are quite elaborate

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3447-Marienburg (Malbork) by the Nogat 3458-Schloßkirche, Marienburg (Malbork)

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3477-Nikolaikirche on the Elbing River, Elbing (Elbląg) 3478-Old farmhouse and post office near Heiligenbeil (Mamonowo)

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3482-First view of the Frisches Haff beyond unused farmland 3487-A lonely cow among small backyard garden plots

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3489-Your sacrifice is immortal and will live forever, 1945 3491-Lonely houses in a field of weeds overlook the Frisches Haff

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3497-Another old farmhouse 3503-A lonely cow feeds near the Frisches Haff

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3515-Khrushchev houses on the Berliner Straße, Königsberg 3516-Rail lines to Pillau and Cranz viewed from the Berliner Straße

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3518-Brandenburger Tor 3522-Brombergstraße, looking NW down Österreichische Straße

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3527-Unterlaak, from the bridge over the Kneiphof 3529-Steindamm at Kniprodestraße

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3532-Oh, those beers were welcome! 3533-Dinner at Hotel Universal, Rauschen (Svetlogorsk)

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3538-Promenade near Hotel Grand Palace, Rauschen (Svetlogorsk) 3541-The wealthy have resort homes here

Thursday, 10 September 2009 (Pillau - Palmnicken - Rauschen)

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3544-The locals next to the wealthy, Rauschen (Svetlogorsk) 3547-Hotel Universal, Rauschen (Svetlogorsk)

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3548-Hotel Universal, Rauschen (Svetlogorsk) 3549-Julius Rupp house (grandfather of Kathe Kollwitz), Rauschen

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3550-Our wonderful tour guide, Nadia Fetkewitsch 3551-Lighthouse, Pillau (Baltijsk)

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3556-Peter the Great, Pillau (Baltijsk) 3558-Frische Nehrung and ship canal (left), seen from Pillau (Baltijsk)

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3561-Irena, our tour guide in Pillau 3568-Glory to the Baltic Navy - reviewing stand, Pillau (Baltijsk)

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3571-Garnisonskirche, Pillau (Baltijsk) 3574-Garnisonskirche, now Orthodox

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3575-Entrance to the fortress, Pillau (Baltijsk) 3577-The Legende sing Ännchen von Tharau

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3597-International cemetery, Deutscher Volksbund, Pillau (Baltijsk) 3601-Buried here in the dunes include unnamed from the Gustloff

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3609-Elizabeth 1 (1709-1762) 3613-Manfred photographing Irena

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3634-Amber factory store, Palmnicken (Jantarny) 3635-Amber factory, Palmnicken (Jantarny)

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3639-Palmnicken (Jantarny) 3646-Dunes at Palmnicken, beneath the Anna mine, opened 1875

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3649-Coast at Palmnicken (Jantarny) at massacre site 3662-Kathe Kollwitz tablet on the Julius Rupp house, Rauschen

Friday, 11 September 2009 (Georgenswalde - Königsberg - Rauschen)

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3676-Grand Hotel Palace, Rauschen (Svetlogorsk) 3678-Prominade, Rauschen (Svetlogorsk)

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3681-Elevator, Rauschen (Svetlogorsk) 3683-Beach, Rauschen (Svetlogorsk)

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3686-Train station, Rauschen (Svetlogorsk) 3688-Neglected park, Rauschen (Svetlogorsk)

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3689-New building, Rauschen (Svetlogorsk) 3690-Sculpture in Rauschen, near Georgenswalde

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3691-Lenin and Stalin, Brachert Museum, Georgenswalde (Otradnoje) 3692-Garden, Brachert Museum, Georgenswalde (Otradnoje)

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3693-Sculptures, Brachert Museum, Georgenswalde (Otradnoje) 3695-Brachert Museum, Georgenswalde (Otradnoje)

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3697-Sculptures, Brachert Museum, Georgenswalde (Otradnoje) 3704-Bohlwerksgasse, Königsberg, next to Hundegatt

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3707-Stock Exchange behind the bridge over the Pregel and Kneiphof 3709-Ships in front of World Ocean Museum

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3714-Packhaus (warehouse), now an exhibition hall of the Museum 3736-World Ocean Museum staff: Anton Shepelev, Olga Klimenko,
Elena Ryabkova, Elizabeth Velmyakina with Manfred Ehrich

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3745-Research ship Vityaz seen from the World Ocean Museum 3752-World Ocean Museum exhibition hall

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3758-Empty government building on the site of the former castle, fountain directly over the former Schloßkirche

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3773-Kreuz Apotheke and old apartments, Königstraße 73-75 3776-Site of Kunst- und Gewerkschule (center, rear), Königstraße 57

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3782-Schloßteich 3786-Memorial to the French pilots in the East Prussian operation

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3792-Kant (Rauch, 1857) 3793-Kant University (Albertina)

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3794-Lasch bunker near the Kant University 3802-Steindamm at Kniprodestraße

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3805-Steindamm 3806-In 1956 the Kaliningrad region officially became part of the USSR

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3810-Nordbahnhof 3813-Cathedral of Christ the Saviour (at site of the Ostmesse)

Saturday, 12 September 2009 (Kaliningrad, Day of the City)

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3817-T-shirts, any language 3818-Concession at the celebration

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3820-Fair at the World Ocean Museum 3830-Dance school director Nina Wall, with Manfred

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3854-Manfred and Elisabeth at the World Ocean Museum 3864-Manfred concentrates on his talk

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3881-Manfred being interviewed 3885-At Manfred's Iceland exhibition

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3897-Continuous entertainment in front of the Vityaz 3901-Manfred greeting the Legende

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3909-Kant and friend greet the celebrants on this day 3911-The Legende in performance

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3917-Nina Wall with dance troup 3920-Young rock stars

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3926-Irena joins in the celebration 3933-Follow me!

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3935-A folk group provides traditional music 3946-Cossack dancer

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3949-The rubble of the Kneiphof lies beneath a park 3967-The entrance to the Königsberger Dom

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3969-Herzog Albrecht, grandmaster of the
Teutonic Order (Reusch, 1891)
3970-Kant's tomb behind the cathedral

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3972-Julius Rupp, theologian, grandfather of
Käthe Kollwitz (Kollwitz, 1909)
3973-Cathedral, side view

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3974-Honigbrücke, undamaged 3981-Königsberger Dom

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3986-Haberberger Neue Gasse, where Manfred's grandfather lived 3990-Hauptbahnhof, main train station

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3992-Reichsplatz, in front of the Hauptbahnhof 4000-Celebrations in front of the World Ocean Museum

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4007-Our hangout at Hotel Kaliningrad 4014-100,000 happy Kaliningraders wait for the fireworks

Sunday, 13 September 2009 (Tilsit - Insterburg - Königsberg)

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4028-Fish for sale at a market in Taplacken (Talpaki) 4029-Bananas for 38 Rubles in Taplacken

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4030-Fresh vegetables at the market in Taplacken 4031-More produce for sale in Taplacken

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4033-An old manor in Taplacken 4038-A nursery near Dachsfelde, water tower with stork nest

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4044-Another WW2 memorial near Kreuzingen (Bolschakowo) 4050-Old building in Tilsit (Sowetsk)

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4058-Tilsit's moose (Vordermaier, 1911) 4061-Old façade in Tilsit (Sowetsk)

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4066-Old façade in Tilsit (Sowetsk) 4067-Old façade on a trade school in Tilsit (Sowetsk)

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4068-Old façade in Tilsit (Sowetsk) 4069-Maintenance of the old houses is problematic

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4070-Writer Max von Schenkendorf was born here 4072-Everyone is looking at the von Schenkendorf tablet

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4076-Queen Louise bridge to Lithuania over the Memel 4094-The Ehrich cousins, Manfred, Roger, and Klaus

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4097-Showplace of the Trakehener horses, Georgenburg (Majowka) 4098-The group is anxious to see the horses

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4100-Stud farm showing reconstructed office/hotel 4101-Typical horse stalls in Georgenburg (Majowka)

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4117-Training in progress 4118-More of the reconstructed stables in Georgenburg

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4121-Closeup of one of the horses 4141-View toward the entrance to the Königsberger Dom

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4142-Dom organist Artjom Chatschaturow beneath the smaller organ 4143-The smaller dom organ, Königsberger Dom

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4145-The Schuke main organ, Königsberger Dom 4154-Applause at the conclusion of the St. John Passion

Monday, 14 September 2009 (Waldau - Königsberg)

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4157-Dohnaturm, Königsberg, 1857 (Bernsteinmuseum) 4158-Roßgärter Tor, Königsberg

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4163-Königstor, Königsberg (sculptures by Stürmer, 1847) 4168-A shopping plaza just east of Königsberg

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4170-Katharinenkirche, Arnau (Marjino), 1322 4173-Restoration work on the historic church interior

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4182-The Pregel, seen from the Katharinenkirche 4183-Memorial to Theodor von Schön, whose family is buried in Arnau

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4186-Nadia and Lena, the school director in Waldau (Nisowje) 4187-Elementary school in Waldau, Willy Skulimma's home town

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4190-The kids have come to greet us in Waldau (Nisowje) 4200-More of Willy's kids in Waldau

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4215-Time for a song 4228-The Neue Burgschule, 1927, Gimnasium No. 1, Königsberg

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4237-A corridor inside the Neue Burgschule 4250-The heads by sculptor William Ehrich, destroyed in 1945

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4252-Relief on the former Kunstakademie by Stanislaus Cauer 4253-The former Kunstakademie, now Skola 21 (Lahrs, 1909-1919)

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4255-The beautiful main corridor of Skola 21 4259-Another Cauer relief, now by a drainage ditch near Skola 21

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4260-Another view of the Königsberger Dom 4268-View down the Pregel toward the Kneiphof and the Honigbrücke

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4270-Kant tablet on the Kantstraße near the Hotel Kaliningrad
at the castle west entrance (after Lahrs, 1904)
4271-Hotel Kaliningrad

Tuesday, 15 September 2009 (Cranz - Rossitten - Pillkoppn - Königsberg)

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4274-Housing developments near Cranz (Selenogradsk) 4275-More houses going up in Cranz

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4280-Major construction in Cranz 4284-Local houses in Sarkau (Lesnoje)

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4286-Short promenade along the Baltic at Sarkau 4287-View of the Baltic south from Sarkau toward Cranz

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4289-Collecting some stones at Sarkau (Lesnoje) 4301-At Rossitten (Rybatschi), more deals on amber

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4306-Explanation of the ornithological research program at Rossitten 4307-One of the bird nets at Rossitten (Rybatschi)

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4318-A bird about to be banded 4320-A Vodka before lunch, near Rossitten on the Kurisches Haff

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4327-Relaxing after a fine lunch of fresh fish at Altrimo, near Rossitten 4329-The Epha dunes near Pillkoppen (Morskoje) looking south

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4331-The pine forest on the Kurische Nehrung, near the Epha dunes 4332-View north to Pillkoppen and Nidden far in the distance

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4335-The Baltic coast, looking north from Pillkoppen 4338-The dunes are higher than you think

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4339-Familiar heads bob in the chilly Baltic 4361-König Ottokar Platz, Königsberg

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4363-Former house of Walter Ehrich, Hoverbeckstraße 47 4367-Klaus Ehrich meets the residents of his father's house

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4368-Garden of former Ehrich house 4369-Rear of restored Ehrich house

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4370-When spoken language fails... 4371-Damaged bridge between parent's and grandparent's homes

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4376-A Khrushchev building near where the Ehrich grandparents lived 4383-Beydritter Weg, looking at the lot where #9 once stood

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4388-A new building at the north end of the Oberteich 4392-Sea lions on the Oberteich promenade (Thiele, 1913)

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4396-The Wrangelturm (1853) 4397-An old school, corner of Mitteltragheim and Wrangelstraße

Wednesday, 16 September 2009 (Königsberg - Stettin)

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4399-City Hall, Stolp (Słupsk) 4401-Lots of cars in downtown Stolp

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4406-The shopping district, with lighted arches 4410-The Marienkirche in Stolp, 14th century

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4411-A fountain in the shopping district 4414-Driver education in downtown Stolp

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4428-How great to see green fields again 4430-Shopping center near the Radisson hotel, Stettin (Szczecin)

Thursday, 17 September 2009 (Stettin - Duisburg)

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4435-The usual group at an early breakfast at the Radisson 4447-Breakfast is a big event

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4450-The Hauptbahnhof (main train station) in Berlin 4452-The platforms at the Hauptbahnhof

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4453-The shops at the Hauptbahnhof 4455-The busiest place in the train station

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4458-The stainless look of the Hauptbahnhof in Berlin 4464-German customs is suspicious of cars carrying Polish cigarettes