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Letter to Oskar Speck from the Domselaar family

Date: 2 January 1939
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Nancy Jean Steele Bequest
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Letter
Object No: ANMS0537[029]

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    Description
    Letter to Oskar Speck signed from the Domselaar family handwritten in German. Dated 2 January 1939, the letter states money from Scherl Publishing has yet to arrive, but a friend, Bergner, has given some money.
    Translation
    • [Hand written letter, no letterhead] SoerabaiaSurabaya, 2 January 1939 Dear Mr.Speck, We received your telegram this morning around 10.30 and did everything you requested. We haven’t yet received the money from Scherl the publisher Scherl. I wrote to you previously, sayingbefore that we would have really have likedd very much to help you, but weare unable to at the momentime. Just then our friend Bergner arrived and I let him read your letter and your telegram and told him about our current situation. Then I asked him if he would put upgive the money for the films until the money from the publisher arrives. Bergner gave me f 15.00 for films and other expenses without hesitation. My husband then arranged everything with Gev Wehry . Would you please let Bergner know that I’ve told you that he has given us f. 15.00 for you and that I shall pay it back as soon as the money from the publisher arrives. You see, there are still people who are prepared to help when they can. I was so pleased for you that my asking Bergner was not in vain. One could easily lose hope, though, in view of all the things one finds out about people. How has your journey been so far, and did everything go according to plan and when do you think you will arrive in Australia? There isn’t much news to report from here. Erica will go back to Germany on the Heidelberg on 14 January and a good thing that is, too, since she might have really gone to pieces otherwise. Dear Mr. Speck, I wish you a pleasant journey and all the best, also in my husband’s and Gerry’s name, and best regards The Von Domselaar Jols Family

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