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Letter from Oskar Speck to JA Pietzcker, Swiss Consul, Internment Camp, Tatura, Victoria

Date: 20 March 1941
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Nancy Jean Steele Bequest
Object Copyright: © Australian National Maritime Museum
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Letter
Object No: ANMS0539[012]

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    Letter from Oskar Speck to JA Pietzcker, Swiss Consul, Internment Camp, Tatura, Victoria typed on one page in German. Dated 20 march 1941, the letter states he was interned as soon as he arrived, only had 6.5 Pounds on him and bought clothes, clothing stamped with acid, would like to be considered for funds from the Reich fund rather than take money from the camp support fund.
    Translation
    • Oskar Speck, P.W.64 Tatura 20 .3. 41 To: Consul J.A. Pietzcker Swiss Consul for Switzerland Dear Mr. Consul Pietzcker, On arrival in Australia by means of a collapsible boat, I was immediately interned, due to the as war that had broken out. At the time I had about £ 6 ½ with me. Due to thisthe new circumstancessituation, I had to spend most of the money on clothes. In Brisbane, all of my clothes were marked with an acidic P.o.W.P.O.W. stamp, which damaged the clothing. I tried to sell my cameras in order to buy new clothes and have money for additional minor expenses. As you know, Tthey were stolen here, as you know, and I currently do not can’t expect to receive any compensation at presentbe compensated. I have not yet claimed any money from the camp’s support -fund, as it is only meant to provide an allowance for comrades who are without means. TI therefore, I wish request to be considered for payment fromout of the Reichs fund, which is at your disposal, in order to be able to replace basic clothing. Yours faithfully, Oskar Speck
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