Here’s a picture of my grandma shortly after the escape. My grandma’s stories about the Second World War were centred around escape and loneliness. My grandmother Margarete fled from Königsberg by sea in January 1945 at the age of 18. Alone, without her parents, without her siblings. First she was accommodated in Saxon Switzerland and then she came to Potsdam in July 1945. In 1946 her brother returned from war captivity and in 1948 her younger sister took her into her house. Her parents had died during the last days of the war in Königsberg. Since that time she came to Berlin often to earn some money and the city remained important to her throughout her whole life.