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Letter from Oskar Speck to Dr Engelen

Date: 24 December 1938
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[027]

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    Letter from Oskar Speck to Dr Engelen in German and dated 24 December 1938. The letter is to advise Dr Engelen that the report in the newspaper is untrue, he never remarked: Black police doctor and has requested appropriate punishment be carried out.
    Translation
    • Oskar Speck Manokwari Currently: Manokwari 24 December 1938 Dear Dr. Engelen, The irst time I heard about the article the newspapers in the Dutch Indies had published defaming me was when I arrived in Manokwari on 22"d December. It goes without saying that I immediately undertook everything in my power to clarify the matter, i.e. I wrote to the Resident Ambassadors to Ambon and Timor, the captain of the "Real", the German Consulate General in Batavia, the editors-in-chief of the "Java Boten" and the " Lokomotiev". However, I also feel committed to providing you with a personal explanation. The remarks attributed to me are completely fabricated and are motivated by the meanest kind of vindictiveness. I have identified the person [responsible for the affair] to the authorities, provided watertight evidence of his bad reputation and motives and asked for his punishment. We now have to wait and see what happens. In any case, it won't be my fault if that individual isn't punished; this I can prove to you at any time on the basis of the copies. I do not know if you believed [I had made] that slanderous remark about a " black police doctor". However, I can assure you that I will take anyone to task who dares to suggest that the gratitude I expressed to you was insincere. For your extreme kindness and help while treating my illness I would once again like to express my sincere thanks to you. With best wishes to you and also to the nurses of the C.B.Z. ward in which I was treated, Oskar Speck Address: Hollandia, poste restante
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