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The Germans in Samoa: Snapshots from Albums


The Germans in Samoa 38


On the outbreak of war and the capture of Samoa by NZ forces, Dr Schultz was informed that he was being shipped to Auckland for internment. Fatu Frost, who was about 16 at the time, told his adoptive father that he would come with him. Schultz discouraged him. However, in final discussions between New Zealand officials and Schultz, Fatu spoke up that he was accompanying the Governor. Schultz stood silently while Fatu argued his case with the New Zealanders. Frost told his children years later that he could tell that Erich wanted him to come.

This photo shows a view towards the populated end of the internment camp on Motuihe Island. The main prison buildings can be seen on top of the far hill. Governor Schultz and Fatu were allowed to live outside the security fence in the white house that can be seen down near the beach.

Credit: Bunge Family Collection (two-photo panorama); photographer R.Hofmann; restored by T.Brunt 2013.

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