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Document · 1934.01.04
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Streiter, taken into prison, charged with having disclosed official secrets: the famous five-pointed ultimatum delivered to H. Rauschning, but released because no official evidence; a similar case: Berent, one of the principal officials in the Education Department, was charged with high treason; Lochstadt case: a Minority Pole, whose rights were not respected, was also charged with high treason and released; "Arbeitsdienst" decree: every youth had to give a year's labour service, however it was against the Constitution to send him out of Danzig against his will, but the Danzig economic situation made it difficult to provide work for them all.

Document · 1934.01.25
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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.

Document · 1934.01.30
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Interview with Koch, Danish Consul and Doyen of the Consular Corps, on Polish-German Treaty of friendship and H. Rauschning's weakened position vis-à-vis Albert Forster; conversation with Delfin, French Consul General, but not on the political situation in Danzig; interview with Valcke, Belgian Consul General on Polish restrictions on imports; interview with von Radowitz, German Consul General on Polish-German Treaty of friendship, protection of Europe essential in the future as a protection against the Soviet, and on H. Rauschning and A. Foster, S. Lester wanted to get information in case of rupture between these two men; interview with de Lieto, Italian Consul General, on Polish-German Treaty, Danzig-Poland economic situation and the fact that Danzig could not live without Poland.

Document · 1934.02.09
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About S. Lester's official visit to Warsaw 6-8 February 1934, where he met K. Papée, Polish Minister, Count Lubienski, Chief of the Danzig Section, Duiawdoski of the League of Nations Section and a number of other prominent officials, and where he had official talks with J. Beck, Foreign Minister, on the new Polish-German Treaty J. Beck concluded; with Zarzycki, Minister for Commerce and acting President of the Council, on the Polish interests in Danzig; and with Marshal Pilsudski, Minister for War, who was the real Governor of Poland, but did not occupy the position of Prime Minister, etc.; S. Lester's note on his talk with Ferber (5 February 1934) regarding the incidents with Nazi flag in Danzig for the anniversary of A. Hitler's accession to power in Germany and monarchist flag in the municipality of Zoppot, as well as the question of the Polish schools, the problem with the new regulation made by the Nazi organisation and the carrying of arms "long knives"; S. Lester's talk (6 February 1934) with Prost, one of the Danzig Social-Democrat Leader Party and editor at the "Volkstimme" on the freedom of press, petitions, Volkstag new elections; and S. Lester's interview (8 February 1934) with A. Forster, leader of the National Socialist Party in Danzig, personal representative of A. Hitler, on the Nazis and the Danzig Constitution.

Document · 1934.02.21
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S. Lester's note following his conversation with Ferber, who was not a member of the Nazi Party, on the position between H. Rauschning, President of the Danzig Senate, and A. Forster, leader of the Danzig Nazi Party: the split between them had developped and H. Rauschning's position with his party had weakened.

Document · 1934.02.24
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According to some Polish newspapers the misunderstanding was due to A. Forster's speech of 20 February about the foundation, without consultation with the Government, of the "Arbeitsfront", a kind of corporation divided into five groups: industrial, commercial and communications, artisan, agricultural and the professions, to which A. Forster added later the employers; possible resignation of H. Rauschning and his replacement by A. Forster as President of the Danzig Senate.