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The Germans in Samoa: Snapshots from Albums


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This photo shows the Hufnagel family in about 1906. The people are (back row, left-to-right) Gottlieb (born 1891), Captain Kurt, Kurt Jr (b. 1893), (sitting) Franz (b. 1901), Katherina, Clementine (b. 1896). The Hufnagels were unusual in sending their sons to British colonies that were near at hand, Australia and New Zealand, rather than to Germany for education or vocational training.

Future tragedy casts a backwards shadow over this family image: in the influenza epidemic of late 1918 that swept through Samoa the two sons on the left, Gottlieb and Franz, were struck down. They died within a week of each other, at the ages of 27 and 18 respectively.

Credit: Hufnagel-Betham Family Collection.

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