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Letter to Oskar Speck from John Hagenbeck

Date: 13 December 1937
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Nancy Jean Steele Bequest
Object Name: Letter
Object No: ANMS0537[017]

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    Letter to Oskar Speck from John Hagenbeck handwritten in German on John Hagenbeck / Shipchandler & Stevedore's letterhead with writing on both sides. Dated 13 December 1937, the letter hopes Oskar has made it to Thursday Island, thanks him for a photograph send, mentions the EMDEM has been visiting, and he and the crew of the EMDEM wish him the best of luck.

    Note that the date of this letter is the 1930s - it is not the SMS EMDEN which was destroyed in battle with HMAS SYDNEY in World War I
    • John Hagenbeck, Colombo, 13 December 1937 My dear Oscar Speck, I was very pleased to receive your letter dated 23 September. At last I get thehave a chance to respond to it and hope that you have arrived on Thursday Island in Australia by now. Thank you also for your photo with the dead crocodile. In any case I hope that you will put a great film together and such a film should be a great success wherever you go. Mr Ruehmann from Timor hasn’t been in touch yet, but it is still quite possible that he will come to see me in December or January.. In the meantime we’ve had the cruiser “Emden” here for a week and had an absolute ball hearing the sounds of home again! My wife and I were mentioned in a speech by the captain. There were two garden parties and the Cconsul arranged for 300 of the crew from the “Emden” to be present each time. The “Emden” band was playing and there was excellent sSausage and pPotato sSalad. The cruiser is at SoerabaiaSurabaya now. God be with you and everyone on the cruiser wishes you great success! We hope to see you again at Colombo. Best regards from myselfe and my wife Heil Hitler Yours John Hageanbeck

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