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The Germans in Samoa: Snapshots from Albums


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Reinhold Hofmann was a certified male nurse with the DH & PG in Apia, but would have made an excellent professional photographer. The photos he took on Motuihe and at the low-security internment camp at Narrow Neck, on Auckland’s North Shore, at the end of the First World War are one of the rediscovered treasures of South Pacific photography.

Interned for the war years along with most of the other DH & PG Germans, Hofmann used a large ‘glass plate’ camera for many of his photographs, which have fortunately been preserved in the Alfred Schultz Album, held by Schultz descendants in Auckland, the Kronfeld-Parr family. Schultz was the DH & PG manager in Vava’u, Tonga. A few Hofmann photos are held by the Stunzners and a large album is also in the possession of the Bunge family (Karl Bunge was an internee from the DH & PG, in Apia).

Credit: Alfred Schultz Album; photographer R.Hofmann.

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