S. Lester's action on proposed elections; long exchange with A. Greiser.
A. Greiser assured elections would be completely secret and free in accordance with the laws based on the Constitution and measures would be taken to guarantee that freedom and secrecy of elections.
Extract from the "Independent" on the dissolution of the Volkstag: since the result of the Saar plebiscite, Nazis's agitation increased in Danzig, by the use of the majority they obtained at the last election of the Volkstag, Nazis forced a dissolution of the Volkstag, in the hope a new election would give them nearly all of the seats; their main objective was to make Danzig to return to Germany.
Attack on Wiese, leader of an Opposition Party; two meetings (Social Democratic Party and Catholic boys) broken up by SA men; order obliging proprietors of restaurants, rooms, etc. to report on all meetings taking place except National Socialists ones; imprisonment sentences for having insulted A. Hitler, Temp, the Commissioner of the Zoppot town, A. Greiser, etc.
Oath to A. Hitler also taken in Danzig by members of the National Socialist Party, SA and SS; Catholic meeting to celebrate the establishment of the Catholic Youth; President A. Greiser's appeal to Danzig people to vote on the question of the Centre Party's (Zentrum) petition; "Warsaw Kurrier" on Danzig elections: Danzig status might be endangered by a victory of the National Socialists; talks between S. Lester and Senator Huth in charge of Public Works and Economics in the Senate on the Centre Party's denunciations, (Huth was candidate for the Senate presidency when H. Rauschning left); Huth's supporters included Linksmeyer (German Leader of the SA) and von Wnuck (President of the Volkstag); two warnings given to the Social Democrat newspaper "Volkstimme" by the Police President further to articles on the Harbour workers' conditions and on separatism.
National ideas predominant in Danzig; high standard of living in Danzig artificial; difficult situation because of the cessation of subventions and Germany's failure to pay for her imports from Danzig; no details available on the Danzig budget; Danziger afraid by the polinization of Danzig.
Elections in Danzig: Saar plebiscite influence, Danzig Constitution, and protection of Minorities; the Polish/Danzig conciliation was the High Commissioner's main task.
Election campaign; "Volkstimme" new suppression; accusations of "traitor"; Danzig and the free Saar; communications with the Danzig Senate on the freedom of the elections; press articles on the alleged report by S. Lester on incidents in the Volkstag; A. Greiser's accusations against S. Lester regarding this report; A. Greiser's speech to the judges; press and alleged terrorism.
Proclamation on elections; A. Forster's press interview on the elections that were not a plebiscite but to stop the opposition of small Parties and anti-Government activities; Reich Ministers to participate in the elections; possible visit to Danzig of Göring or Göbbels; revised version of A. Forster's interview.
Invitation to National Socialist demonstration: S. Lester refused the invitation, the Italian Consul di Lieto and the German Consul were the only ones to attend the demonstration; complaint from an American citizen attacked by SA men in Danzig; activities of the teachers organization; talk between K. Papée and A. Forster on Polish press; A. Forster regarded as a revisionist by the Polish opinion; A. Forster's official newspaper heading "Zurück zum Reich"; Government's proclamation on the Volkstag elections; A. Forster's elections appeal; National Socialist opening of elections campaign; German denunciation of the Treaty of Versailles military clauses; Zentrum Party meetings.