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Letter from Oskar Speck to ANETA News Service

Date: 10 September 1937
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Nancy Jean Steele Bequest
Object Copyright: © Australian National Maritime Museum
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Letter
Object No: ANMS0536[007]

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    Letter to Aneta News service typed in German, dated 10 September 1937 from Oskar Speck writing under the name of the German consulate Surabaya to a newspaper agency requesting they refute the stories that he has been killed in Papua New Guinea.
    Translation
    • Oskar Speck Kalabahi, Alor German Consulate Surabaya 30 July 1937 To: " Aneta" News Service Batavia On my arrival in Timor (Dili) on 9 July it came to my attention that various Javanese newspapers had spread a rumour that I had been murdered in New Guinea. I was also sent the newspaper clipping enclosed here. I would be much obliged if " Aneta" could prevent such publications as they are very damaging to the sporting nature of my journey. Such news reports, especially the one enclosed, are completely untrue. However, in order to avoid further sensationalist announcements by individual newspapers, I will inform "Aneta" by telegraph of my 30.07.37 Page 4 of 32departure from Dili and arrival in Kaimana, New Guinea and would appreciate it if " Aneta" could briefly pass on the information to the appropriate press offices. Thanking you in advance for your assistance, German salutations Signature P.S. It's unlikely that I will be leaving Dili before mid-August as I must wait for the eastern monsoon to subside. I am, therefore, currently in Alor shooting some films.
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