The majority of the Jewish population of East Prussia was deported in the summer of 1942 in large transports to Minsk, Riga and Theresienstadt. Later, smaller transports left for Theresienstadt via Berlin. By 1944, the only Jews remaining in the city of Königsberg were either enrolled in forced labour, or were protected by deportation by virtue of having a non-Jewish parent or by being married to a non-Jewish spouse. Upon the death of the non-Jewish spouse or of the non-Jewish parent, these Jewish relatives were added to the deportation lists.
In 1944, Germany was constantly losing ground on the eastern front while its population centers were subject to constant heavy aerial bombardments. In spite of this however, the deportation of Jews from German cities did not stop. On December 18, 1943, a circular signed by Gestapo chief Heinrich Müller was sent out to all Sipo (Security Police) local headquarters. It permitted the deportation of Jews whose marriage to non-Jews had terminated due to divorce or death of the non-Jewish spouse.
This transport departed from Königsberg on either January 17 or 18, 1944, and arrived in Thersienstadt on January 19, 1944. It consisted of ten deportees, all listed as residents of Königsberg.
The deportees were presumably arrested at their homes or ordered to report to the Gestapo headquarters in Königsberg. They were registered and forced to sign a declaration, relinquishing their entire property to the State. Deportations to Theresienstadt usually took place using passenger cars that were attached to regular passenger trains. The train went to Theresienstadt via Posen or Brandenburg.
The train arrived at Theresienstadt on 19 January 1944. The transport was given the reference XIV/2 in the Theresienstadt ghetto listings where the Roman numeral XIV refers to all transports originating from the provinces of East Prussia and Pomerania.
Conditions in Theresienstadt were harsh. Two of the deportees who arrived on this transport died during months following their arrival of hunger and disease. Two other deportees were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau in October 1944 where they were murdered. The other six deportees survived in Theresienstadt until the end of the war.