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REAL PEOPLE: Odo Strewe at his home in Eumundi, Queensland 1975.

 

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Odo Strewe at his home in Eumundi, Queensland 1975. Odo Strewe escaped from Nazi Germany in 1937 when his political activities became known and he was being interrogated regularly. He arrived in Auckland. When the war broke out in 1939, he was incarcerated on Matiu-Somes Island, in the Wellington Harbour. He and other non-Nazi Germans protested that they did not want to be in the same quarters as the Nazi Germans, of which there were some. Odo wanted to help the New Zealand war effort and never forgave New Zealand for imprisoning him for over four years. He ended up working for our secret service during the war from Matiu-Somes Island. After the war, he also pioneered the use of native plants in landscape gardening here. His contribution to New Zealand is better known  now through the work of Kerry Francis, an architectural lecturer at Unitec, Auckland. Odo moved to Eumundi in Queensland in the 1970s and lived on 10 acres of tropical forest with gardens and a large man-made lake.
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Odo Strewe at his home in Eumundi, Queensland 1975. Odo Strewe escaped from Nazi Germany in 1937 when his political activities became known and he was being interrogated regularly. He arrived in Auckland. When the war broke out in 1939, he was incarcerated on Matiu-Somes Island, in the Wellington Harbour. He and other non-Nazi Germans protested that they did not want to be in the same quarters as the Nazi Germans, of which there were some. Odo wanted to help the New Zealand war effort and...
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