By Gord Breedyk, Wayne Tebb, Werner Voight, Werner Voigt
The extraordinary tale of a guy who was once born in Germany and determined, as a tender guy, to to migrate to Africa. His booklet describes sixty years reports as a settler, durning which he built plantations for his staff and at last for himself. He and his relations skilled many hardships, disappointments and rewards whereas residing in East Africa from 1926 to 1986.
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Growing Up My father was a teacher. Of course, as a teacher’s son, it was assumed that I would be good at school. Unfortunately, I was not. Directly across the street lived a friend of my father’s, also a teacher, Koehler by name. His son, Fritz, was very clever. He was always one of the best in class, while I was definitely on the lower side. My father tutored me. At home I always knew my subjects, but when it came to tests at school, I did rather poorly. Worried about disappointing my father, I got very nervous and made many mistakes.
How spectacular they were! There were long speeches praising our beloved Kaiser, extolling his virtues, raving about what a fantastic man he was, and bidding us to admire him. We were told that we were all his children, and, as his children, we must obey him. Then we all joined together to sing enthusiastically: Heil Dir im Siegerkranz, Herrscher des Vaterlands, Heil Kaiser Dir. ) Of course, the occasion was marked by a school holiday. Everyone, grown-ups and children alike, celebrated this important day.
Sometimes, if the dhows were becalmed, only a box filled with damp sawdust reached Bagamoyo. Many years later, a young German was expecting his bride from Germany. To make it more romantic, he went over to Zanzibar with a dhow to collect her. She had told her fellow passengers proudly about her forthcoming trip in the dhow. Her husband-to-be had assured her that in a few hours they would be in Bagamoyo, and that she should not worry. He was wrong. The dhow was becalmed and drifted around for nearly two days!