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The Germans in Samoa: Snapshots from Albums


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Rudolf Berking returned to Samoa in October 1944. In addition to his occupation as a plantation owner he was for a time a hotelier, and then ran a butchery and ice-making operation at Matafele. He married Helen Therese Bartley in 1951.

Berking descendants from his two latter marriages are found in many countries, including Samoa, New Zealand and Australia. When he died in 1972, Rudolf was referred to by the “Pacific Islands Monthy” as a “legendary figure in Samoan history.”

Credit: Riethmaier Family Collection; restored by T. Brunt 2013.

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