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Letter from Hans Kuenzler to Oskar Speck

Date: 26 May 1937
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Nancy Jean Steele Bequest
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Letter
Object No: ANMS0537[013]

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    Letter from Hans Kuenzler to Oskar Speck handwritten in German and dated 26 May 1937. The letter mentions the death of a friend, Braun and hopes Oskar’s malaria isn’t too bad and wishes him well on his trip to Australia.
    Translation
    • SoerabaiaSurabaya, 26 May 1937 Dear Mr. Speck, Many thanks for your letter dated 16th of this month, which was sent on to me from Semarang. True, the matter about Braun came very suddenly and moved me deeply since I’ve known him for years. Mrs. Braun didn’t want to go back to Europe at all and was unable to think at all rationally for the first 4 – 5 weeks. She had feelings of guilt that she mightn’t have cared for him well enough during his sickness and that she might perhaps be partly responsible for his death. She didn’t leave her room in all that time and since she did nothing but worry, she lost a lot of weight. She didn’t care at all for her two children. I ended up having to remindlecture her most sternly that she had some children to look after, and thatbut if she kept on worrying herself to death like that, they would end up all alone in the world. Well, I can tell you, it wasn’t easy. I blamed myself for being such an insensitive fellow, but someone had to shake her up. She finally left for Germany last month, but to get her to that point required quite a lot of effort. I am going well myself. I have moved here to SoerabaiaSurabaya, but I still go to Semarang once a month and will deliverpass on your regards there. I hope the mMalaria (what a nice name for a girl!) didn’t prove to become too attached itself to youtoo much. Better wait for the Australian girls, who will soon form a much more wholesome attachment to you, I hope. My two-seater 4- wheel Grobak makes life quite comfortable for me. I’m sending a little photo as a souvenir. Since I’ve arrivinged here in SoerabaiaSurabaya, where I’m pretty well knowncertainly not unknown, variousthe trips with female passengers have been very pleasant indeed. What a pity that you’re not here as well. If you give me your address and write to me, I shall be happy to stay in touch. I can’t remember the canoeist greeting, but just lift those legs and get into that boat and my best wishes for your happy arrival in Australia. Please let me hear from you again soon and sending you my best regards. Yours Hans Kuenzler

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