How can I find Father of Helmut Richard Becker born in Insterburg, East Prussia?

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Helmut was born Feb 14, 1935 and his mother was Marie Margarethe. He lived in Berlin and also Calgary, Alberta. His stepfathers last name was Kopijewski. Can't find documentation or information on his biological father but his first name may have been Paul.
in Genealogy Help by Shirley Griego G2G Rookie (270 points)

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Hi Shirley

Try www.rootsweb.com which I believe has a section on Prussia.

John Shipton

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by John Shipton G2G6 Mach 1 (13.1k points)
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There was a Helmut Becker born on10 Jan 1935 in Deutmannsdorf, Germany, died 15 Jan 1994 in Blackhome, Alberta, Canada, whose father was Paul Alfred Becker born 1905 in Germany, mother Marta born in 1903.  Can't find a Helmut  who was born on Feb 14, 1935 or a Kopijewski in North America.  Often immigrants changed their names to be more in line with their new homeland, so Helmut might have chosen Richard as his first name after immigrating.

by Lana H G2G6 Mach 1 (15.3k points)
Thank you for your interesting reply. My Dad's Geburtsurkunde shows his name as Helmut Richard Becker, born February 14, 1935 in Insterburg and his last name was changed to Kopijewski on July 10, 1944. His mother was Marie Margarethe Becker living in Insterburg.
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Assuming that they were Lutheran one could try to get an answer about church records from the Propstei:

Evangelisch-Lutherische Propstei Kaliningrad

Prospekt Mira 101

236010 Kaliningrad

Russia

email: propstei_klg@mail.ru

http://www.propstei-kaliningrad.info/

 

by Helmut Jungschaffer G2G6 Pilot (542k points)

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