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The Germans in Samoa: Snapshots from Albums


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These men, Otto Hoerning (left) and Franz Pfeil (right), were teachers at the government school in Apia during the final years of the German Administration. They returned to Germany from wartime internment in 1919.

Mr Pfeil later married Apia-born Clementine Hufnagel in Germany in 1924 after a long courtship by correspondence. He and ‘Tine’ settled in Harzgerode where Franz continued teaching and became the local school principal. Acting in a role as wartime safety warden for local residents, Mr Pfeil was killed by American artillery fire in the town square along with 17 other Harzgerode residents just three weeks before the end of the Second World War.

Credit: Hoerning photo, Bunge Family Collection; Pfeil photo, Alfred Schultz Album; photographer Reinhold Hofmann.

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