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The Germans in Samoa: Snapshots from Albums


The Germans in Samoa 13


Unlike conditions on Somes Island, in Wellington, where an aggressive camp commander enforced a sometimes brutal regime (and where Berking was interned briefly) conditions on Motuihe Island were more relaxed.

Prisoners were allowed to swim every day, if they wished, at the beautiful main beach and could wander at will over the island so long as they were back inside the “barbed wire” by 6 p.m.

Credit: Alfred Schultz Album; photographer R.Hofmann.

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