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Letter to Oskar Speck from OH Witte

Date: 31 December 1939
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Nancy Jean Steele Bequest
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Letter
Object No: ANMS0539[002]

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    Letter to Oskar Speck from OH Whitte in German dated 31 December 1939. The letter regrets his journey has ended in misfortune, hopes he is well despite this. The original envelope was given the same number. It features a stamp reading: Passed by / Censor 3 and the postal stamp has been cut out.
    Translation
    • O.H. Witte Consul, German Embassy Hsinking Hsinking, Manchukuo 31 December 1939 Dear Mr. Speck, I received your letter dated November 6th only a few days ago while I was sick in bed withwith a climate-relatedate-related illness. You can imagine, wWithout me having to emphasissinge it, you can imagine how much I regret you were being dogged by such misfortune. However, it is a frequent experience of oneman, frequentlyto finds onehimself powerless against fate and quite unable to do anything. Then it comes down to accepting what is inevitable and letting it occur. What upset me most, at the time I had to leave Brisbane, was knowing that my countrymen were being taken into custody and deprived of their personal freedom, only because they were Germans. My Australian friends reassured me that my compatriots would be treated with care and in a kind manner, in spite of all the hardships the war has forced upon them . Having hadBased on a century of experience with them, the German settlers in Queensland are known and respected for their loyalty, their industry, their good manners and their skills. That will last. I have beenwas able to convince myself, that the Germans areis a useful and valuable members of human society, just as wellincluding on their adoapted Australian soil. My dear Mr. Speck, as long as you keep that in mind, you will be able to maintain the courage to persevere and endure your captivity. Likewise, aAll of us hope, too, that peace may soon follow upon this war. I wonder if you, (together with yourthe other compatriots), will be able to celebrate a German Christmas under the prevailing conditions? I certainly hope so. Brisbane often comes to my mind; it’s a pity we weren’t able to meet each other. It is really very sad that your sportings journey had to end in such a tragic manner. On the other hand, this might be sparing you the experience of a far worse and fatal misfortune. We never know, why things develop differently to what we have imaginedthought. We sincerely pleadingly hope and wish, that both your collective health and morale, of all of you, are wellfine and that you are bearing your fate with pride and dignity. I, for my part, know how difficult that is; however, it i’s suchthe times of distress that render your character more durable and forge your characterpersonality, enso that you are ableing one to survive in life. Hoping to see you soon, Yours very sincerely Signature

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