S. Lester's appointment as J. Avenol's successor as League of Nations temporary Secretary-General.
J. Avenol's departure: his pension planned for 31 August; V.J. Stencek (Czechoslovakia), Economic and Financial Section, Internal Administration, advised by J. Avenol to make peace with Germany by taking Protectorate citizenship; W. Krauel, German Consul General on Weizacker's proposals of saving certain League of Nations services.
S. Lester's letter addressed to F.P. Walters in Oxford on F.P. Walters' and the United States' optimism as to the future of international organisations; S. Lester's pessimism trying to solve financial problems and to keep the League of Nations remnants, affected by war measures, in activity; A. Loveday's satisfaction with the removal of his Section to the USA, the hope of the possible move of the Opium Section to the USA, the fact that just before his resignation J. Avenol planned to go to Versailles with the Marshal Pétain; news on various colleagues, because of the precarious situation of the League of Nations A. Loveday would be the rallying point.
Italian and German press on J. Avenol: "La France nouvelle", "La nouvelle Europe"; French army broken up; Vichy Government unable: France will pay.
Pietro Stoppani at Geneva, Italian non-Fascist, ex-Director, Office of the Secretary-General, League of Nations Economic Relations Section, Economic and Financial Section; J. Avenol on P. Stoppani: a spy, anti-League of Nations; J. Avenol's pro-Fascist speech to P. Stoppani.
Real war soon: partial mobilisation in Holland, Belgium and Switzerland; curious affair in Munich: Hitler celebrated the birthday of Nazism, left quickly just before a bomb exploded, according to C. Burckhardt and J. Avenol it was the Gestapo's action to prepare opinion for ruthless war and reprisals; S. Lester's family affairs; list of members, including S. Lester, of the Honorary and Executive Committees of the "Maison internationale des étudiants"; Raymond Fosdick's letter, Rockefeller Foundation, on the United States opinion of war.
J. Avenol and Tittman, US Consul on technical work of the League of Nations: maintenance of the Economic Intelligence Unit and adequate staff to carry out the Drug Control work; J. Avenol's wish to dismiss Leon Steinig, Jewish, Austria, best technical man in the Drug Section (Social Questions and Opium Trafficking Section); visit of the International Court of Justice (President and officials) to Geneva; Bertil Arne Renborg, Sweden, (Social Questions and Opium Trafficking Section) threatening to resign over L. Steinig's dismissal.
J.G. Winant's attempts, Director of the ILO, to move ILO to Canada; J. Avenol to Carter Goodrich, USA, delegate to ILO, on the League of Nations 1941 budget and ILO survival out of Europe.
Fall of Paris; appeals to US; defeatism of J. Avenol and R.M.F. Charron, French official, League of Nations Finance and Economic Research Section; J. Avenol would resign if capitulation came.
Emile Giraud (France), League of Nations Legal Section, on J. Avenol's questions about his resignation and the appointment of his successor.