The majority of the Jewish population of East Prussia was deported during the summer of 1942 in three 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 labor, or were protected from deportation by virtue of having a non-Jewish parent or by being married to a non-Jewish spouse. When their non-Jewish spouse or parent died, these Jewish relatives were added to the deportation list.
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 May 18 or 19, 1944, and arrived in Theresienstadt on May 20, 1944. It consisted of 11 deportees, all listed as residents of Königsberg. The deportees included five children aged 7-14 travelling without a parent.
The deportees were probably 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 20 May 1944. The transport was given the reference XIV/4 in the Theresienstadt ghetto listings where the Roman numeral XIV refers to all transports originating from the provinces of East Prussia and Pomerania.
According to the Theresienstadt ghetto listings, one of the 11 deportees who arrived on this transport, 19 year-old Ursula Wegner, was deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau in October 1944 and was, in all likelihood, murdered upon arrival. The other ten deportees survived in Theresienstadt until the end of the war.