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Letter from Oskar Speck to JA Pietzcker, Consul of Switzerland, South Australia

Date: 27 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[019]

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    Letter from Oskar Speck to JA Pietzcker, Consul of Switzerland, South Australia, typed on one page in German and dated 27 march1943. The letter acknowledges the receipt of letter, notes he has applied for a transfer to another camp, makes note of his mistreatment and belongings going missing, and hopes the consul will pursue his case.
    Translation
    • Oskar Speck, 64 Internment Camp 14D, 4th Military dDistrict, South Australia 27/3/1943 Mr. J.A. Pietzcker Swiss Consul Temple Court Melbourne C1 Dear Mr. Consul Pietzcker, Thank you for your letter dated 9th March. I have followed your advice andto have appliedy for a transfer to a different camp and, and a copy of mythe application is enclosed. However, I would like to stateindicate once again how much I would appreciate it if you could pursuetake up my case, as I believe that that the reasons I stated in my letter dated 2nd March give you grounds forthe means to protest. If a transfer to Camp No. 10 should be out of the question – I can’t imagine why – I could still be sent to the fascist Camp No. 9. MFinally my correspondence was finally returned to me after being checked, yet again, bey Loveday M.I. Once again, I realise, that a number of letters and notes, etc. have gone missing;. a Among other things, a letter that had already been censored which included, with an enclosure which is for me very important enclosureto me. In this context I would like to state the following: In the course of my internment my baggage and I have been thoroughly examined six times: twice by the pPolice and four times by the mMilitary. OI can only accept thosee examinations conducteddone by the pPolice can I accept, as only they treated my property, and made notes of it, in an honest and proper manner and made notes. In everyall other cases, things regularly went missing, and I simply canno’t attest to the correctness of such baggage checks as being correct, in spite of the forms I often had to sign. Hoping to hear from you in regard to my application for a transfer to another camp, At your service, Enclosed: Copy of my application to the Group Commander at Loveday
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