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R5622/20A/5634/4110 · Dossier · 1933
Fait partie de Groupe d’archives mixtes sur les réfugiés (Fonds mixte Nansen)

Report dated 30 August 1933 of the Governing Body of the Nansen International Office for Refugees submitted to the League of Nations thirteenth Assembly in 1932

File including:

  • one copy in English and one copy in French of the League of Nations official document A.19 dated 30 August 1933: "Nansen International Office for Refugees - Report of the Governing Body";
  • two letters dated 15 July 1933 and 21 August 1933 from the Nansen International Office for Refugees addressed to J. Avenol, Secretary-General of the League of Nations, for communication and observations regarding the draft of the Report on the refugee work prepared by the Governing Body to the forthcoming Session of the Assembly of the League of Nations;
  • a document J.C.17-1933 "Report of the Governing Body - Chapter I: Introduction - a) Assembly and Council resolutions b) Modifications of the composition of the Governing Body and of the other organs of the Office c) Inter-Governmental Advisory Commission for Refugees, etc. Chapter II: Action on the resolutions adopted by the Assembly at its XIIIth Session - a) Refugee Convention b) Settlement of Armenian Refugees in Syria c) Transfers of Armenian Refugees to the Armenian (Erivan) Republic etc. Chapter III: General activities of the Office - a) Existing state of the refugees problems b) Settlement of the refugees, including tables regarding the "Interventions on behalf of refugees made by the representatives of the Office during the period from July 1st 1932 to May 31st 1933", "Loans granted to organisations from July 1st 1932 to May 15th 1933" and "Refugees settled between July 1st 1932 and May 31st 1933, in the countries where they reside by means of small loans enabling them to become self-supporting - Other assistance by small loans" Chapter IV: Funds administered by the Office and Chapter V: Conclusion regarding "Proposals for the progressive liquidation of the refugee problems", and "Settlement and relief measures";
  • two draft copies (one in English and one in French) of document J.C.17-1933 with annotations;
  • lists of members of the Governing Body, of staff and representatives, of members of the Inter-Governmental Advisory Commission for Refugees, of organisations members of the Advisory Committee of private refugee relief organisations;
  • a report by the President of the Governing Body on his tour in Syria;
  • extracts from the Report of the Representative of the Office in Yugoslavia;
  • and funds regarding the Near East.
Document · 1936.07.11
Fait partie de Private Archives

Anxiety of Colonel J. Beck, Polish Minister for Foreign Affairs, regarding the situation; S. Lester and K. Papée, Polish Minister, on necessary communication arrangements in case of emergency; all opposition papers suppressed; K. Papée's information on the suppression of opposition parties; S. Lester and K. Papée on A. Greiser's violent speeches against the League of Nations; Polish press pressure on Government; Danzig opposition and Senate's attitude.

Document · 1936.07.17
Fait partie de Private Archives

Possible Danzig settlement; A. Greiser's possible resignation; High Commissioner as element in bargaining; S. Lester's interesting notes on Danzig events for talks with J. Avenol and members of the Council; S. Lester's contretemps to the first visit of the Italian Consul General, Count Ponzone; S. Lester's appointment with Noel, French Ambassador in Warsaw, one of the finest French diplomats; S. Lester's awareness of his responsibilities and the fact he was sitting at "the most dangerous point" in the European situation, as Noel noticed it.

Document · 1936.08.01
Fait partie de Private Archives

Committee of Three and S. Lester's report; context of general European situation and difficult position of the League of Nations in Danzig; K. Papée on the German satisfactory reply to the Polish note, since Germany did not intend to do anything affecting the statute of Danzig; possible attacks on the High Commissioner with a view to prevent the League of Nations from guaranteeing the Constitution.

Document · 1936
Fait partie de Private Archives

S. Lester's appointment, on 30 September 1936, as League of Nations Deputy Secretary-General, was entirely J. Avenol's initiative; Secretariat's reactions regarding his appointment; League of Nations Assembly on the admission of the Abyssinian delegation; Locarno Conference; fear of Germany; Osusky, Czechoslovakian Minister in Paris, on Germany, Hitler, and Czechoslovakia; F. Walters' pessimistic view regarding great nations and the League of Nations, as well as a possible aggression launched by Germany; K. Papée on Polish policy and Danzig-Polish relations; S. Lester in Prague to meet Bruins, who used to be the American Consul in Danzig.

Document · 1936.10.19
Fait partie de Private Archives

In consequence of the Danzig Government's defiance and obstruction rendering the operation of the League of Nations mandate impossible, and of S. Lester's new appointment, the League of Nations Council decided to lay upon the Polish Government the main responsibility in Danzig; A. Forster's speech attacking S. Lester; Danzig celebrations following the announcement of S. Lester's departure received a chill when the Council resolution was known; A. Greiser's speech stating that Danzig had obtained its full sovereignty; campaign against Opposition.

Document · 1936.12.23
Fait partie de Private Archives

K. Papée, Polish representative in Danzig, nominated to Prague; disputes between Danzig and Poland regarding the railway employees; article in the "Vorposten", official organ of the National-Socialist Party, envisaging a renewal of Danzig relations with the League of Nations.

6 May 1936
Pp 274/1/107-121 · Document · 1936.05.06
Fait partie de Private Archives

Events of past six weeks - New Danzig government policy; role of Hitler; riots in Poland, anti-sovietism; session with Danzig Senate; possible renewal of S. Lester's mandate; 11 May session of League of Nations; Abyssinia; S. Lester's re-appointment: A. Eden, J. Avenol; future League of Nations position in Danzig; disarray in Geneva; Dublin reaction to work in Danzig; American Shoe Club: collection of shoes that have been worn by men of renown.