Press interview: further to an article published by the "Krakauer Illustrierte Kurier" of 24 January 1934, under the title "Mr. Forster must disappear from Danzig", the Danzig reporter of the "Deutsche Zeitung" asked President H. Rauschning to answer the three following questions: 1. Danzig's policy of peace 2. Measures concerning formation of prices 3. State and Party.
Extract from "Le Matin" on the political crisis between H. Rauschning, President of the Danzig national-socialist Senate and A. Forster, chief of the national-socialist party of the Free City of Danzig: A. Forster's desire to supplant H. Rauschning.
Incidents affecting the independence of the judiciary in Danzig, changes in procedure for the election of the judges; talk between S. Lester and A. Forster, Gauleiter of the National-Socialist Party in Danzig on the problem of the independence of the judges further to an article in the "Danziger Vorposten" of 9 April 1934 (which was said to be under A. Forster's control or influence); S. Lester to President H. Rauschning on A. Forster's threat towards Danzig judges, further to a case in which judgement was given against the State, what was described as an attempt to undermine the authority of the State, independence of the judiciary was one of the principal provisions of the Danzig Constitution; note of interview with H. Rauschning on A. Forster's attitude regarding the independence of the judges, on the election of the judges, the question of the suspension of the "Danziger Volkszeitung", and negotiations with Poland (questions of customs and contingents).
National Holiday of Danzig changed by decree from 18 March (foundation day of the old city) to 1 May: on this occasion National-Socialist demonstration with speeches by A. Forster and others and A. Hitler's speech retransmitted, no incidents; petition from the ex-Senator Formelle, editor of the "Volkszeitung", Catholic Centre Party weekly paper which was suppressed: the petition dealt not only with the question of suppression but challenged the constitutional validity of the law of 30 June 1933, which related to public order, etc.; question of the appointment of a State Commissioner for Danzig.
Deterioration of the Danzig-Polish relations because of the pressure of the Polish system of control of Danzig exports to Poland, but text of the Treaty placing Danzig in this position; enclosures: talk between S. Lester and A. Forster: Gauleiter A. Forster preoccupied with the economic situation in Danzig and the Polish pressure and control of the Danzig customs, he did not want to take any action without S. Lester's agreement, questions of the contingents, and of the East Prussia frontier and Danzig, article in the Treaty saying Poland and Danzig would form a common customs union; talk between S. Lester and K. Papée, Polish Minister: ditto, number of provocative incidents deteriorating the Danzig-Polish relations.
Questions dealt with by the High Commissioner at Danzig: conflict between the Catholic Youth and Hitler Youth on negotiations for a concordat; deteriorating relations between H. Rauschning and A. Forster; K. Papée's fear as to the growth of semi-military organizations in Danzig; suppression for three months of the Catholic newspaper "Danziger Volkstimme", petition from the editor K. Formell, ex-Senator, to S. Lester; appointment by the Senate of a State Commissioner for the City of Danzig, Eggert, in place of the Municipal Council; deteriorating economic relations between Poland and Danzig: problem of the Polish pressure and control of the Danzig customs; A. Forster's threatening speech towards Poland.
Boettcher, from the Senate, was requested by S. Lester to report to President H. Rauschning the interview between K. Papée and A. Forster, and to draw his attention on the following matters: an article in the "Vorposten" calling for the suppression of the Socialist newspaper "Volkstimme", and attacks on Socialist gatherings, S. Lester was afraid they develop into more serious incidents.
Weyers' note on cases of smuggled cars registered by Danzig owners without paying any customs duty; talk between S. Lester and Neville Laski, leader of the British Jewish organizations, on the Jews' situation in Danzig that was not bad, except trouble arising from A. Forster.
Conflict between the Senate, President H. Rauschning, and the Party headed by A. Forster; A. Greiser presented, in Berlin, an ultimatum to H. Rauschning: to carry out five proposals from the National Socialist Party (A. Forster and A. Greiser) concerning mainly the prohibition of the opposition press, and the liquidation of all organizations of the opposition parties such as the "Sozialistischer Allgemeiner Arbeiterverband", etc. or to resign, H. Rauschning neither accepted the proposals nor resigned, he was willing to maintain the Constitution; S. Lester's intervention to A. Greiser, that denied the conflict between the Senate and the Party; issuing of a new newspaper, the "Danziger Tageblatt", denounced by A. Forster's "Vorposten", because the editor was a well-known German journalist, a supporter of Stresemann, who belonged to one of the non-Nazi parties; an alliance between H. Rauschning and the Zentrum not an unlikely possibility.
Danzig events were against H. Rauschning's retention of the Senate presidency, A. Greiser, who was SS, was not a man of H. Rauschning's culture, incidents in his career made it difficult to have confidence in him, and if appointed he would be A. Forster's nominee; questions regarding the rights of the Catholic Youth or the Kulturkammer, etc., may affect articles in the Constitution.