Go on, lose yourself in some nostalgic images of East Prussia at http://www.bildarchiv-ostpreussen.de/index.html (in English, in part).
And spare a thought for Jenny... the performing elephant at Koenigsberg's Zoo, who, by a miracle according to Elisabeth Schulz-Semrau in her autobiographical "Search for Karalautschi" (1984), was one of the few animals there not to be consumed by the starving inhabitants of the city at the end of the Second World War. Jenny could play the drum, dance, and play the hurdy-gurdy. Here she is:
Schulz-Semrau tells of the Soviet citizen Juri Iwanow, who came to Koenigsberg - Lithuanian Karalautschi, now Kaliningrad - after the war, having lost his family during the siege of Leningrad. Iwanow recalled having seen Jenny when he arrived in the city. But there is more. Iwanow, at a time when masses of bodies were being cleared from the city and death was prevalent in the air and on the ground, fell in love with a German girl. They danced in the Tiergarten. Years later, he went in search of his former love, and found her living in Africa.
For Schulz-Semrau, this tale was the most moving love story of her generation.