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Letter to Oskar Speck from John Hagenback

Date: 5 March 1937
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Nancy Jean Steele Bequest
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Letter
Object No: ANMS0537[012]

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    Letter to Oskar Speck from John Hagenback handwritten in German on John Hagenbeck / Shipchandler & Stevedore's letterhead paper. Dated 5 march 1937, the letter mentions there has been a lot of press about Oskar lately, and that he, Hagenback, has just purchased some elephants.
    Translation
    • John Hagenbeck, Colombo, 5 March 1937 My dear Oscar Speck, Many thanks for your letter dated 19th of the previous month. You are determined to continue your journey and I wish you success with all my heart. I’m pleased to know that the party organisation and the cConsulates have been looking after you. Hopefully, you will receive the movie camera soon. I read your report with great interest;, it’s well written and engaging. They don’t hold back with the propaganda about you. Each week there has to be something about you in the German print media. Propaganda is everything today! So keep your courage up! As far as the tin mine is concerned, the [illegible] report was attached, but not the contract, even though you’d said it would be. I often think of you, our courageous canoeist! May success be yours, since you already have the whole world’s admiration. I’ve bought lots of elephants recently, since when business is slow one has to look after the takings. Both my wife and I are quite well. We are in good spirits and aren'tdon’t worrying. We received good news from our daughter and grandmother. Eva has a lot of musical talent and is progressing well at school. Hornemann and his wife are off to China and we have Baron von Plessen from China here in the position ofas German Consul. My dear Oscar Speck, all the best to you. Keep you spiritscourage up! Heil Hitler! Best regards from my wife and myselfe Yours John Hagenbeck The German settlement wishes you all the best and sends best regards

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