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The Germans in Samoa: Snapshots from Albums

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This is how it would have looked on departure day with German settlers and their families being loaded into passenger lighters which were towed out to the Main. (This photo was actually taken some years later and there is a smaller ship at anchor). Many tears were shed by those leaving, and their friends on shore. As 4 p.m. arrived and the last of the lighters was towed away from the wharf the passengers put on a brave face – they burst into song, with “Deutschland Uber Alles,” which they sang all the way to the ship.

The people boarding the Main were not allowed to take coins or currencies of any value apart from the German money they were issued with. Customs officers found one man with English pound notes tucked in the brim of his hat; these were seized. Another man lost his watch chain of gold sovereigns and a £5 gold coin.

Credit: Hufnagel-Betham Family Collection, photographer Kurt Hufnagel-Betham.


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