To Walk Under Palm Trees

The Germans in Samoa: Snapshots from Albums



The estate of Ditterke, near Hannover, has been the ancestral home of the Garben family since the Thirty Years War. The main building shown here was built in 1641 after the preceding manor had been burned down by Swedish soldiers.

Otto and Elisabeth Garben (shown at right) had a twin son and daughter who both emigrated to Samoa, married there, began families in Apia but then lost so much in the turmoil of the First World War.

Credit: Mathias Freund Collection.

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