Interview on the carrying out of the League of Nations Council's recommendations, on the question of the Danzig reunification to the German Reich, on the so-called respect of the Constitution by the Danzig Nazi Government, and on the problem of the interdependence of the Government and the Party.
S. Lester's Diary (1935-1941) consists of two bound volumes.
Vol. I contains a typescript copy of pages 1-753 and a copy of an article on S. Lester published in "UN Special", July 1959;
Vol. II contains photocopies of pages 754-978 (including annexes and an index to the diary).
The collection of Lester papers (including some pages from the diary, private and official correspondence, reports, many press cuttings,relating particularly to the Danzig period when he was targeted by the Nazi press, etc.) covers essentially the period 1929-1946, but also includes some post-retirement material running up to 1959, as well as some photos and family letters.Lester, Sean 1888-1959 Irish journalist, diplomat and last Secretary-General of the League of Nations Sean Lester was born on 27 September 1888 in County Antrim, Ireland, where his father was a shopkeeper. The family subsequently moved to Belfast and it is here, that after some years in the Methodist College, S. Lester ended his formal education. During a first period when he worked in a number of minor jobs, Lester discovered the cause of Irish independence. He joined the Gaelic League, an inspirational cultural organisation, and also the Dungarnon clubs, a young revolutionary group that sought to unite protestant and catholic Irish and to achieve independence for the country. Lester was also sworn into the Irish Republican Brotherhood, a small and secret organisation, and became a member of the Irish Volunteers. In 1909 Lester went into journalism, starting in small provincial newspapers, and finally in the national paper, The Freeman's Journal. Shortly after Ireland's independence was recognised, h
Short biography on S. Lester in view of his appointment as High Commissioner at Danzig.
Extract from the "Journal de Genève": S. Lester appointed High Commissioner of Danzig by the Council of the League of Nations; Polish representatives withdrew their objections to S. Lester's election.
Extract from the "Irish Independent": chronology of events on Danzig; short biography on S. Lester; Poland's objection to S. Lester's election; S. Lester's candidature supported by J. Simon and P. Boncour; duties of the Danzig High Commissioner; photograph of S. Lester.
The League of Nations Council unanimously appointed S. Lester as High Commissioner at Danzig for a period of three years from 15 January 1934; short biography on S. Lester.
Extract from the "Northern Whig": S. Lester's appointment as High Commissioner of Danzig; S. Lester's appointment sponsored by J. Simon, Britain's Foreign Secretary; Poland withdrew her opposition to S. Lester's election.
The League of Nations Council failed to agree on a successor to Helmer Rosting (Denmark), S. Lester's predecessor as Danzig High Commissioner - J. Simon, acting as rapporteur, suggested the appointment of S. Lester (Irish Free State) - The representant of Poland, J. Beck, opposed to S. Lester's appointment and proposed that the retiring High Commissioner be reappointed - The Polish delegate objected to having any representative of a Great Power, or even of any of the British Dominions - As a result of the French delegate Paul Boncour's intervention, the Polish representatives withdrew their objections to S. Lester's election.
Friendly reception accorded to S. Lester when he took up his duties as High Commissioner in Danzig: S. Lester noticed that Poles, Germans and Danzigers thought that an Irishman would understand their respective points of view and defend their respective interests.