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Letter to Oskar Speck from a friend

Date: 3 November 1938
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from John O'Donnell
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Letter
Object No: ANMS0535[023]

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    Description
    Letter to Oskar Speck from an unidentified friend handwritten letter in German over one page with text on both sides. Dated 3 November 1938, the letter mentions a list of destinations of places the author has just been holidaying, congratulates German victory on taking Austria and parts of Czechoslovakia, and questions about the opals.
    Translation
    • Koepang, 3 November 1938 Dear Oscar, Thanks a lot for your letter from Baucau dated 13 September 1938. My written German is very bad but I will give it a shot, anyway. The telegram was beautiful. I had already informed the police that some madman had sent me a telegram. Hofman is our family doctor as well. Afterwards I heard that there was also a Portuguese person by the name Hofman floating around here. I rang all telephone stations and sent out phonographic messages. Within six hours I received the first news. I hope you will be successful with your grenades and that you will be a millionaire in 2-3 years. I went to Java for a month, Batavia, Solo and Surabaya. I kept myself amused. The nights in Koepang were small fry in comparison. I returned completely exhausted and as poor as a church mouse. No more hard jobs for me. I only kept Rika for 2-3 times per week. There are no more workers coming out from Europe. On 3 May 1939 I’ll leave Batavia on board the “Johan v. Oldenbarneveld”. That means I will be gone from Koepang at the beginning of April. I hope that your journey will have come to an end by then as well and that we can meet up in the good old country. I am planning to return to Holland via Bucharest, Budapest and Vienna. I’ll stay there for a couple of weeks and go to Germany for the rest of my holidays. Maybe I can get a military assignment with a German regiment for a couple of months. Aren’t you elated about the positive results for Germany? First Austria, then Czechoslovakia. Wonderful. The colonies are coming as well. Koepang is as it has always been. A few more or less beautiful women have popped up, though. They feel a lot of compassion for a lonely Boedjang boy. Maybe I will start getting some exercise in European style love. Up to now they keep paying me frequent visits, but they never get beyond the front porch. Mr v.d. Vliet has arrived on the “Rochassen’. My pedigree dog is as skinny as always. I took Dr Hoffman to Batavia and he is in Amsterdam now. The first two days in the civilised world were great. That’s all, dear Oskar, I wish you bon voyage and a happy conclusion. Many kind regards Your [illegible] What became of the opals?

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