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Letter to Oskar Speck from his friend Dunkel

Date: 3 February 1935
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from John O'Donnell
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Letter
Object No: ANMS0535[010]

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    Description
    Letter to Oskar Speck from his friend Dunkel. Typed letter in German over one page with text one side only. Dated 3 February 1935, the letter mentions Oskar's stay in Bombay, occurrences and changes taking place in Germany, and concern over Oskar's malaria.
    Translation
    • Hamburg, 3 February 1935 Dear Oskar Speck, We have read in the papers that you have completed your world tour. I would like to congratulate you most cordially on this feat. I didn't hear from you for such a long, long time. I didn’t have an address, either. Now that your kindly sisters have given me your address in Bombay I want to send a few short lines to you by airmail. They said any other way would probably result in the letter not getting to you. I would appreciate it if you could send me your next address because I want to send you a picture of Harry and a program for the “Rheinterrassen” [venue]. Your youngest sister had her birthday party there [damaged, illegible] your sister and a friend. I think they had a marvellous time there. The “Rheinterrassen” has changed a lot recently; in August we built a stage and now we are presenting cabaret as well. Your friend, or rather former friend Claus Stender has become a businessman in his own right. He took over a coffee shop in Barmbeck, Hamburgerstrasse. On top of that, he threw himself into married life as well. He seems to be doing alright. His sister continues to run the hotel. Your sisters have told me that you want to go to Ceylon and that it sounded like paradise. My sister was there and she wrote back full of enthusiasm. She would have liked to stay longer but her ship didn’t stop there for long. I received a few very beautiful cards from there. I hope your malaria improves soon. Illnesses involving fever are always bad news. Maybe you will find a streak of good luck there, a good position perhaps. Maybe you will earn a lot of money and return to Altona one day with your pockets full of money, but not overly full of pride, hopefully. As you see the “Rheinterrassen” still exists. You can drive a car, can’t you? Maybe you can become someone in this type of business. If it’s still dark in Ceylon, turn on the lights. OK my dear Oskar Speck, I expect to receive your address. I’ll send mail vouchers along as well. Yours with a thousand kind regards Dünkel

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