Eastern Europe history: the Puzzle of Königsberg

m46Königsberg’s Berliner Schloss, 1945, shortly after the Red Army took the city from the Germans.


Few images remain of decimated Königsberg (the castle ruins, in fact, stayed up untiol the late sixties), but I was recently intrigued to discover* that the Soviet’s first town planner in the city renamed Kaliningrad, Arsenij V Maksimov, spent his leisure time painting watercolours of the Königsberg‘s ruins, including remnants of the Berliner Schloss which remained standing till the late sixties.


In the castle’s stead, from 1970 onwards, construction began on this infamous building, the House of Soviets:



*Thanks to Slovenian artist & architect Marjetica Potrč part of whose work ‘The Puzzle of Königsberg‘ I saw on display at Melbourne’s NGV.




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