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Letter from Oskar Speck to JA Pietzcker, Consul of Switzerland

Date: 26 July 1944
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Nancy Jean Steele Bequest
Object Copyright: © Australian National Maritime Museum
Object Name: Letter
Object No: ANMS0539[030]

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    Letter from Oskar Speck to JA Pietzcker, Consul of Switzerland typed over two pages in German on yellow paper. Dated 26 July 1944, the letter discusses replacement of clothes stamped in acid, and the replacement of a camera which was stolen, and would appreciate assistance in this matter.
    • O. Speck No.14 A Interment Camp Q.64 Loveday 26 July 1944 To: Consul of the Federal Government of Switzerland Mr. J.A.Pietzcker, Temple Court, 422-28 Collins St Melbourne Dear Consul Pietzcker, As the negotiations concerning the exchange of interned civilians have now come to an end, I would like to draw your attention to two matters that require clarification by the Australian military authorities. They are: 1. The unauthorised marking of civilian clothes with an acidic P.O.W. stamp in the Queensland camp. 2. Theft of my film and photo cameras by an NCO of the Australian military authority in Tatura, Camp 1. Comments: 1) The Australian military authority said they would be prepared to replace the spoilt garments with new ones. The military authority in Tatura 1 drafted a list of the damaged clothing. After 5 years of internment, replacing the clothes would be more appropriate than reimbursement. 2) Referring to your letter dated 19/02/1941, the Australian military authorities informed you at the time that the question of reimbursement would be dealt with once I was allowed to possess such things. This should be the case on our exchange. Here, too, I would prefer to receive similar cameras as replacement rather than financial compensation as I would not be allowed to take the money with me to Germany in order to buy new cameras. I would like to emphasise that in both cases the objects were not confiscated as was the case with my films and notes etc. Rather, they were stolen or, expressed differently, illegally destroyed private property. Other internees who did not suffer the same bad experiences will be able to take their garments and cameras back to Germany. -2- I would appreciate it very much if you could direct this issue to the appropriate authorities. I assume that the Australian authorities also share an interest in clarifying these particular cases before the exchange takes place. Thanking you for your assistance, At your service O. Speck Q.64
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