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Karl Hanssen’s Memoirs of his Wartime Experiences in Samoa and New Zealand 1915–1916


Edited By James Bade

Karl Hanssen’s memoirs provide an invaluable outsider’s view of life in New Zealand prisons and a unique perspective on German Samoa under New Zealand occupation. In October 1915, Hanssen, manager of the DHPG, a large German copra production company, was sent from Samoa to New Zealand to serve a six-month sentence imposed by a New Zealand military court for bypassing war censorship regulations. He served his sentence in a number of prisons in New Zealand, including two months in the high-security prison, Mt Eden.
Hanssen’s memoirs – in English translation and in the original German – are made available for the first time in this edition, which also features photos from his Samoan album and a comprehensive introduction by Bronwyn Chapman on the historical and political background.
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Karl Hanssen: Kriegserlebnisse, transcribed by James Braund, Elizabeth Eltze & Judit Tunde McPherson


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Karl Hanssen: Kriegserlebnisse

Transcribed by James Braund, Elizabeth Eltze & Judit Tunde McPherson

Editorial remarks

The following transcription is based on a photocopy of Karl Hanssen’s own 41-page typewritten manuscript as provided by Marianne Klemm (Hamburg).

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