To Walk Under Palm Trees

The Germans in Samoa: Snapshots from Albums


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Felix Von Luckner and Carl Kircheiss.

HOFMANN BIOGRAPHY #4: In November and December 1918 Mr Hofmann pushed hard to be released to Samoa to serve as a medical assistant in the care of the Melanesian workers who had been hard hit by the influenza epidemic that swept through Samoa. Fellow prisoner DH & PG General Manager, Mr Karl Hanssen, supported Hofmann’s request, stating that of the 600 or so Melanesian workers on the former DH & PG plantations 100 had died in the outbreak, including the medical assistant at the company’s private hospital in Apia. Mr Hofmann’s request was turned down.

Credit: Alfred Schultz Album, photographer Reinhold Hofmann.

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