Wilhelm Solf was a GermanGovernor of Samoa in the early 20th century. He deposed several native chiefs, including Mamoe, who was an early figure in the Mau movement. As well as deposing members of the Maloa o Samoa (Samoan council of chiefs), Solf called in two German warships as a show of strength. Faced with this demonstration of military force, and with the movement divided, Mamoe surrendered, and resistance faded until the 1910s.
Wilhelm Heinrich Solf, who served as Imperial Colonial Secretary before the outbreak of World War I and ambassador to Japan under the Weimar Republic, and like her husband was a political moderate and anti-Nazi.
After the war, Frau Solf went to England while her daughter was reunited with her husband, Count Hubert Ballestrem, who was an officer in the Wehrmacht and lived in Berlin.
Frau Solf died in November 4, 1954 in Starnberg in Bavaria.
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