Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Letters Recall Piece of NZ's Wartime History

The New Zealand Herald reports, "Letters from a German naval cadet at the centre of one of New Zealand's best known prisoner of war break-outs more than 90 years ago have surfaced in Auckland."

Reporter David Eames writes,"... the letters, part of a wider collection of postal memorabilia, came to Auckland dealer/collector Warwick Paterson, who is preparing the items for sale, from the estate of American collector George Brenan."

There are five letters and five multiple-choice prisoner of war postcards from Albert Paulsen.

Paulsen is believed to have been captured when New Zealand took control of the former German Samoa during World War I for sale. The letters are on the market for around $3000.

"His letters to sweetheart Emma Meyer - which went on sale this week - talk about his desire to be reunited with her, and his fellow prisoners' attempts to keep the boredom of captivity at bay," pens Eames.

Shown above, Warwick Paterson with the letters and postcards written by German prisoners of war from New Zealand.

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM