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The Germans in Samoa: Snapshots from Albums


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Fritz Stunzner Jr (6th from the right at the back) posing with other school children in front of the Kaiser Wilhelm I memorial in Dortmund in about 1921-22.

Germany was wracked by civil unrest, foreign intervention and hyperinflation in the early 1920s. Trude recalled, “One day our father said, ‘Shall we go back to Samoa?’ We all agreed at once.” Fritz wrote to Samoa and was given approval to return. The prospect of a plantation lease was held out by the Reparation Estates. The three older girls chose to stay behind; two were married and the other had a good job. The gold coins were pulled out of the sewing box to pay for the passage to Samoa and in September 1925 the Stunzners set sail for the South Seas.

Credit: Stunzner Family Collection

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