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Man from Holstein paddling to Australia

Date: 24 December 1935
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Nancy Jean Steele Bequest
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Newspaper clipping
Object No: ANMS0542[023]

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    Article in German begins: 'On 13 May 1932, a man from Ulzburg, Oskar Speck, set out to Australia in his paddleboat. After not receiving any news from him for a long time, he has just written from British-India. The young sportsman spent a large part of his youth in Ulzburg, and two of his sisters still live there today. He recently landed in Madras after a pleasant journey, where he was received by a huge crowd of onlookers. All the Indian newspapers published long columns of reports about his adventurous trip. Leaving Madras, Oskar Speck has now resumed his trip along the Buckingham Canal. His current goal is Calcutta, where he hopes to arrive at Christmas time. He will have a rest there and continue his trip to Calcutta at the beginning of next year. The boat Speck is using on this trip is all of 18 feet long...'
    Translation
    • ANMS0542 [023] Tuesday, 24 December 1935 […] Man from Holstein paddling to Australia Kaltenkirchen, 24 December. On 13 May 1932, a man from Ulzburg, Oskar Speck, set out to Australia in his paddleboat. After not receiving any news from him for a long time, he has just written from British-India. The young sportsman spent a large part of his youth in Ulzburg, and two of his sisters still live there today. He recently landed in Madras after a pleasant journey, where he was received by a huge crowd of onlookers. All the Indian newspapers published long columns of reports about his adventurous trip. Leaving Madras, Oskar Speck has now resumed his trip along the Buckingham Canal. His current goal is Calcutta, where he hopes to arrive at Christmas time. He will have a rest there and continue his trip to Calcutta at the beginning of next year. The boat Speck is using on this trip is all of 18 feet long. [Other items on the page:] “Unemployment reduced” The economic policy measures introduced by the National-Socialist Government have resulted in a significant reduction in unemployment in the state of Hamburg, even if it is still in a state of emergency due to the international economic difficulties. At the time the National-Socialists came to power, there were 160 000 unemployed in the city of Hamburg; since then that number decreased by more than half. As a consequence, the pressure upon the social service in Hamburg have been greatly relieved. The number of welfare recipients has decreased by 57 000 or almost 57% in 2 ½ years. In the state’s rural areas this decrease is even more pronounced. At the time the National-Socialists came to power, the situation was particularly bad in Seeshacht, where there were nearly 132 on unemployment benefits per 1000 inhabitants. In autumn 1935 that number had decreased to only fifteen. At the moment, the situation is the most favourable in Cuxhaven, where there are just three receiving the unemployment benefit per 1000 inhabitants. The association for welfare in the Hamburg area had to give out RM 21.3 million in the first quarter of 1933 to all types of people in need. That amount was only RM 14.7 million from July to September 1935, a reduction of RM 6.6 million.

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