Tim Worst wrote about this disturbing and toxic history in 'Colaboration and Far Right Parties'.
What I found most interesting was this excerpt,
In the spring of 1937 the German consul in Wellington visited the Concordia Gruppe in Apia.
He reported to Berlin that the club on Beach Road "now bears a definitely National-Socialist imprint.
He also wrote that New Zealand had become indifferent over Samoa and Berlin could be expected to get their former colonial place in the sun back without "over much persuasion".
It leads me to think, are there still remnants of Nazism left in our Samoa?
I also found some more info about the prisoners of war, presented by Vic Uni in Wellington, and ov course, the wikipedia overview is worth a peek.
I can (shallowly) conclude that the Nazi movement in Samoa was short lived and poorly supported.
It was the brainchain of Alfred Matthes, who was committed to the cause and even published a circular called 'Samoan Nazi'
but it was not widely (or at least it was not overtly) supported and when Matthes ran out of $$$$ so did this chapter of the Party in Samoa.
But then again, how was Nazism going to gain momentum in a place dominated by Samoans and with most Germans at peace with the place and even benefitting because of these good relations.
Eh, kailo se.
I do sometimes wonder what our country would have been like under the German administration...definitely would have prevented the spanish influenza epidemic with their strict rules.
Or would it have been worse?
Whatever it it would have been, I am fascinated with the Samoa-German era.
Even my granma used to sing songs in German!
Just imagine the history that is kept among those families of German descent....if they are keeping it.
I know the German's definitely kept better records of their time in Samoa.
Heck, they even had a considerable influence on the faalupega we use today.
Think of the options - we would have had German passports, Euro even!
We'd be proficient in speaking a third language.
Ultimately, I have utmost respect for the Germans for the most important contribution to our country, and this legacy continues to cajole our people forward, and sideways,...
|Go to Jane Resture's page for pics of German Samoa|