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The Germans in Samoa: Snapshots from Albums


The Germans in Samoa 81


Kurt (pronounced “Court”) Stunzner could play the violin and was co-opted into the camp orchestra which grew to total 14 members. They rehearsed intensively and entertained with a camp concert every Sunday evening. Kurt wrote in 1944 that the lead violin player couldn’t bear Stunzner missing the very high tones on the e-string: “Kurt, you are not with your pigs and cattle,” he would yell, “we are making music, so stop making sounds like a piglet!”

People in the photo (left-to-right) are:  sitting, Mr Gustav Guttenbeil; Stunzner; Mr Otto Schaumkel; Mr Otto Heindl; at rear Mr Oscar Coberger; Mr Albert Wetzell; Mr Werner Jahnke.

Credit: Riethmaier Family Collection; restored by T.Brunt 2013.

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