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The Germans in Samoa 68


Fritz Stunzner was interned on Motuihe Island, in Auckland, in 1915 as an enemy alien. In 1916 he was joined by his wife, Mary and his five Samoa-based children (two daughters, Hetty and Ilse, were in Germany being educated). The special dispensation to have family present on Motuihe was given because Mr Stunzner was suffering from a severe intestinal illness.

This photo shows the Stunzners in front of the small three-room cabin that Fritz was allowed to build to house his family. The children are (left-to-right): Kurt, Matilde, Trude, Albrecht ‘Albi’ and Fritz Jnr.

Credit: Stunzner Family Collection; photographer probably R.Hofmann.

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