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Letter from Oskar Speck to Wolfgang Czichy, of Europa Kurier Publishing Group

Date: 7 October 1987
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Nancy Jean Steele Bequest
Object Copyright: © Australian National Maritime Museum
Object Name: Letter
Object No: ANMS0540[029]

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    Letter from Oskar Speck to Wolfgang Czichy, of Europa Kurier Publishing Group typed in German over one page and dated 7 October 1987. The letter relates to an article Europa Kurier Publishing wishes to publish about Oskar’s journey which he would prefer to be dropped. Letter makes note of some amendments necessary to the details. Suggests sending a reporter out to discuss details if they must proceed.
    • Oskar Speck 21-23 Scenic Rd Kilcare NSW 2256 7 October 1987 To the Europa Kurier Publishing Group Attention: Mr. W. Czichy Dear Mr. Czichy, I received your letter dated 30 September 1987. I have no desire to appear as a difficult person to a German magazine here in Australia. Nevertheless, I have to insist that you convey this journey to your readers the way it really was. You said in your letter, amongst other things, “It is precisely such unusual experiences of immigrants that we strive to present in our magazine”. Well, there is an important point right there. Why would I have wanted to emigrate to Australia? My whole future lay in Germany. I had recorded 2000 meters of 16 mm film, had several thousands of negatives taken with a Leica camera, was in touch with the editors of the magazines “Berliner Illustrierte” and “Berliner Lokalanzeiger”, two of the leading publishers in Germany at the time (Ullstein and Scherl) and you say I was willing to emigrate to Australia. The facts were very different indeed. It was the war and the post-war period in Germany that forced me to remain in Australia. I certainly do not regret having stayed in Australia. I like it very much here, but that isn’t the point at all. You are accustomed to writing immigrants’ stories. Your version of my story sounds as if I arrived in Australia, albeit in a rather unusual way, in a folding boat in order to remain there. In my view, my arrival in Australia was a certain goal which had nothing whatsoever to do with immigration. In any case, you have to come out here or send a reporter. I can then answer your questions personally and any inaccuracies can be corrected. You can then also look at reports published by the Australian Post, Women’s Weekly, Sydney Morning Herald, etc. Best regards, Oskar Speck.
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