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.
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.
Danzig-Polish negotiations proceeding; discussions between J. Beck and A. Eden on Poland sharing British opinion on ideologies; Danzig Opposition Parties; S. Lester away from Danzig on a long leave in order that Poland realized she was now shouldering the responsibility herself in Danzig; British Monarchy's scandal with Mrs. Simpson's divorce and Edward VIII abdication; de Valera and the Commonwealth States; S. Lester attended in Geneva the Council meeting on the Spanish Civil War; J. Beck's speech on Polish neutrality in the war of ideologies; S. Lester much more confident in the maintenance of peace for one or two years; British re-armament; English-French mutual help agreement in case of aggression.
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.
Extract from the "Dundee Courier and Advertiser": A. Greiser's violent speeches against the League of Nations; suppression of all freedom of opinion by the Nazi majority in the Danzig Senate; attacks on the High Commissioner; short history on Danzig.
A. Greiser's and German press attacks on the Danzig High Commissioner S. Lester; short biography on S. Lester, a humane and quiet man.
Nazis' new blow in Danzig: new measures taken by the Danzig Nazi Government, presided over by A. Greiser, abolished the freedom guaranteed by the Constitution of the Free City, such as political freedom, freedom of the Opposition press, the right to join associations and the rights of the Jews, and it also established the Gestapo in Danzig, giving the police special powers.
Extract from the "Daily Telegraph": promulgation by the Senate of new laws abolishing most of the civic rights guaranteed by the Danzig Constitution; Poland's new attitude towards the Nazis in Danzig with Warsaw demonstrations in favour of an extension of Poland's rights in the Free City and Poland's commitment as the League of Nations mandatory to maintain the position of the League of Nations and its High Commissioner.
Extract from the "Daily Herald": Danzig Nazi Government issued decrees turning virtually the Free City into a totalitarian State; summoning of a special meeting of the League of Nations Council on Danzig affairs; demonstration all over Poland to protest against these decrees.
Extract from the "Manchester Guardian": repressive measures taken by the Danzig Nazi Government against Danzig Opposition and the Jews; these drastic measures abolished the Danzig Constitution guaranteed by the League of Nations; consternation in France after A. Hitler's newest "coup d'Etat abolishing the Statute of Danzig"; summoning of the Council of the League of Nations for urgent action.