60 Years in East Africa. Life of a Settler 1926 to 1986 by Gord Breedyk, Wayne Tebb, Werner Voight, Werner Voigt

By Gord Breedyk, Wayne Tebb, Werner Voight, Werner Voigt

The awesome tale of a guy who was once born in Germany and determined, as a tender guy, to to migrate to Africa.  His publication describes sixty years studies as a settler, durning which he built plantations for his staff and at last for himself.  He and his family members skilled many hardships, disappointments and rewards whereas residing in East Africa from 1926 to 1986.

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In the first years of German colonial rule, Bagamoyo was the administration centre, the capital. For a long stretch out the sea is very shallow. There was no way to build a harbour here for the big ocean-going ships. While there was a fine sandy beach it was suitable only for the Arab dhows. The big ships had to anchor very far out and loading cargo was a major undertaking. The location could not feed the commercial appetites of the large ocean-going ships. So, in 1890, the Germans moved the capital to Dar es Salaam, which offered a big bay where they could construct a proper harbour.

Then he came back on his first leave. When he departed again, Mother and I stood at the window watching him walking down the road. He kept turning his head to catch our eyes again and again, his sadness quite apparent—would he see us again? Would we see him again? At first there was news of war victories—until late at night young paperboys ran through the town shouting “Extrablatt! ” (“Special Edition”). Behind our house was a factory being run by young recruits. After school, we boys used to watch them train, sorry that we were still too young to join them.

The treasured picture of Chris and the elephant was with him in the hospital. He died, as he had lived, with exceptional courage, absolute joy in adventure, and full acceptance. Death, to him, was just another adventure, as evidenced by the fact that for months he had been pointing at funeral homes and saying: “Look. ” Helga, at eighty-eight years of age, recently led a delegation consisting of her two daughters, Evelyn and Veronika, plus eleven close friends in another very emotional visit “home” to Kifulilo, Lazy Lagoon and other special sites in Tanzania.

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