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Letter from Oskar Speck to whom unknown

Date: 31 January 1939
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[038]

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    Letter from Oskar Speck to whom unknown typed in German, dated 31 January 1939. The letter is about money which hasn’t arrived.
    Translation
    • Oskar Speck Manokwari Currently: Manokwari 31 January 1939 Dutch New Guinea Clarification regarding the two letters enclosed On the basis of an agreement made with the Editorial Head Office of Scherl Verlag [Scherl Publishing House] in Berlin I was to receive an amount of Rm220. According to a letter from the publisher that amount was sent on 1 November 1938 to the address I had provided: Mr. G. van Domselaar in Surabaya. As it has not arrived in Surabaya to this day, I assume the money was not cleared by the office for foreign exchange. Having relied solely on receiving that money, I undertook no other preparations to gain money for the last part of my journey through Dutch Indies territory. I only receive Rm 10.00 per month rom Germany. With that and by writing articles, giving talks and with the help of a few personal riends I was able to struggle along fairly decently. However, I then fell ill after being attacked on the Dutch Indies island of Lakor, which meant having to postpone my journey by a whole year. Following this and the ban on foreign exchange transfers I was unable to survive without the help of the German Aid Association in the Dutch Indies. Mr. Kaufmann, head of the Winterhilfswerk in the Dutch Indies, promised assistance if I should need it. However, it appears that a fabricated article which appeared in the Dutch Indies newspapers in early November has totally changed the attitude of Surabaya's Ortsgruppenleitung and of the Consulate General. I fully clarified the whole matter in my letters of 24 December 1938 addressed to the Reichsminister for Public Information and Propaganda and to the Consulate General
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