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Letter from Oskar Speck to JA Pietzcker, Swiss Consul, Internment Camp South Australia

Date: 2 March 1943
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[016]

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    Letter from Oskar Speck to JA Pietzcker, Swiss Consul, Internment Camp South Australia typed on one page in German and dated 2 march 1943. The letter mentions Oskar’s escape from Tatura, his recapture and subsequent 28 days solitary confinement. He states he has not been properly treated and wants to be transferred into a German national socialist camp.
    Translation
    • Oskar Speck, 64 Internment Camp 14D, 4th Military Ddistrict, South Australia 2/3/1943 Mr. J.A. Pietzcker Swiss Consul Temple Court 422-28 Collins St Melbourne C1 Dear Mr. Consul, Following my escape from Internment Tatura 1b on 8 January 1943 and recapture on 24 January of this year, I received the usual maximum punishment of 28 days in solitary confinement, and was then transferred to Internment Camp 14D in South Australia, against my will. As you will be well aware, this camp is not suited for the internment of Germans who are loyal to the Reich, as they have no means at all of expressing their patriotism, e.g. with patriotic celebrations etc. I tTherefore, I urgently request you to approach the responsible authority in order to have me transferred into a German National Socialist camp. Further cause for complaint arises from the tactless manner in which the camp doctor examined me, i.e.: in a luggage hold in the presence of on-lookers, and the manner in which my baggage was inspected. Based on mythe file about me (Speck I) in your possession, which is in your hands, you will know that I have every reason to distrust them. Accordingly, I would like to indicate at this point in timebeforehand that the last baggage inspection mayight ggenerate further action. Thanking you for your assistance, At your service, Yours faithfully, [Oskar Speck
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