New citizens

Ox cart immigrant

One chapter of the exhibition deals with stories of Jewish immigration in the 18th and 19th centuries. Here it is shown that Jews settled in Königsberg, coming from Silesia and West Prussia, among other places, as well as from regions belonging to today’s Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania.

What motivated Jews to immigrate to the port city on the Pregel? Merchants wanted to expand their business, young men dreamed of starting a company, students came to the university, rabbis and cantors were appointed to the community. These stories are told through seven biographies in images and text.

Map of Perlmann's trade route

To gain a better understanding of the spatial dimensions of the migration processes, small maps also support the presentation.