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The Germans in Samoa: Snapshots from Albums



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This photo taken at Narrowneck (then known as ‘Narrow Neck’) in 1919 highlights friendships formed and friendships forming. Miss Mary Kramer-Walter (standing) and Christine Kruse Bartel (sitting left) had formed an enduring friendship when apparently at secondary school together (possibly at a Catholic boarding school in Rotorua). Mary was from Paengaroa, in the Bay of Plenty, NZ, and appears to have been living in Auckland at this time. During her visits to Narrowneck Camp to see the Bartels she met internee Karl Bunge (at back in middle) and a friendship developed which led to marriage in 1921.

Other people in this photo are: Mr Rudolf Berking (left at back), Max Bartel (right at back), Mr Gustav Kronfeld (sitting), Mrs Florrie Greig (visitor, on right).

Another internee Mr Wilhelm Hagedorn also met his future wife, Alice Borgolte, when she accompanied her parents on visits to the camp (see next image). 

Credit: Bunge Family Collection, photographer Reinhold Hofmann.

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  1. Christine Liava'a says:

    Mary Kramer Walter was the NZ born (1896) daughter of Carlos Kramer -Walter born in Brazil, and his second wife Camilla Mary Emma Smith- half American, half Samoan. They had 4 sons, Christian (1884),Francis (1886), William (1888) and Amandus (1892) all born in Tonga. The family came to NZ in 1895 and settled in Paengaroa.
    Christian and Francis were included in the NZ Aliens List in 1917, and William, a master baker from Ohura enlisted in the NZEF as no 79299 in WW1 and 801254 in WW2

  2. Tim Kronfeld says:

    Gustav Kronfeld, at that stage had been interned for 4 years. My fathers account was that having been resident since 1890 and had a British passport which he refused to hand over; delayed his return home until 1920. His quite substantial business had been ‘appropriated’ and the family by all accounts suffered accordingly (as most did);the times(WW1) took there toll. He died in 1925, his spirit crushed

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