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Letter to Oskar Speck from his sister Emmi

Date: 21 December 1932
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from John O'Donnell
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Letter
Object No: ANMS0535[005]

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    Description
    Letter to Oskar Speck from his sister Emmi, handwritten German over one page with text on both sides and dated 21 December 1932. The letter comments mainly about Germany and the Christmas time.
    Translation
    • Altona, 21 December 1932 Dear Oskar, Many thanks for your kind letter. Now I can at least imagine what it is like over there. I think it’s terrible. Can’t you try to get away from there? Is travelling expensive there? Heinerle has been to the consulate and his assessment is "Get the hell out of there". If it is not too terribly expensive we could send you the money. You’ll get clothing as well. I hope the pants have arrived. Heinerle wanted to send you chocolates for Christmas (W. v. W.) – one wonders whether they will come through. Maybe I’ll send some once Seppl has made up his mind. It isn’t such a great prospect if they don’t actually get through, is it? I haven’t asked for the buttonhole sewing machine. I have to work till 8 every day and Mum just forgot. Well, next time. Here is Grete’s address: Gr. Bergstr. 199, c/- Migga, and Martha’s: Lunayork 20 [this street name not clearly legible]. You know one of the people in Ulzburg. Everybody here is well. We are in the middle of a great clean-up like all women in Germany. Other than that, we’re in excellent Christmas spirits. On Sunday afternoons you actually have problems getting anywhere on the streets: Christmas shopping. Karstadt and Tietz [department stores] keep putting notice boards up: Closed briefly. If all the people who are moving about actually bought anything, business would be booming. Most people are only looking, though. I’m not so sure about my own gifts yet, either. About time, don’t you think? Well, there is still Christmas Eve when I get off work at 1 pm. And what are you up to? When I think of you I get cross about that stupid country. Mum and I keep carrying on about it. But there is no point, is there? Heinerle is sending you photos. Shame about the girl having her eyes closed. Please have a photo taken of yourself, will you? We really would like to have one. It doesn’t make a difference to us whether you are dressed spotless or not. Even a snapshot of your face will do. I wouldn’t mind if you sent me a cigarette holder like that. However, I am involved with a non-smoker at the moment. Who knows? The fellow’s name is the same as yours: Oskar. He is a dentist. Are you keeping up your studies over there? I find you are writing a lot of gobbledygook, and it makes me dizzy. Anyway, good luck. I am not renowned for doing so myself . That’s all for today. Maybe I’ll write over Christmas. I’ll have a lot of time then. Best wishes and kind regards Emmy Are you healthy? Best wishes from Mum as well.

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