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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 · 1934.06.29
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Decree from the Senate prohibiting the publication of the "Volkstimme", Socialist newspaper, for six months; petition presented by Prost and Werber not merely against the suppression of the paper, but also the validity of the law of June 1933; A. Greiser's speech saying he will muzzle the opposition press; three incidents of recent times affecting the existence of the opposition Parties: the press organs of two of them prohibited and the Communist Party abolished; President H. Rauschning informed S. Lester the suppression of the newspaper was not definitive; H. Rauschning willing to open negotiations with the Socialists; S. Lester's impression was that the suppression of the newspaper was unjustified according to the Constitution.

Document · 1934.07.13
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Reactions in Danzig further to the recent events in Germany, notably the clean-up in the SA: the more radical and intolerant wing was reduced in power and influence, President H. Rauschning strengthened in his position as representative of the more reasonable National Socialist policy, President of the Senate H. Rauschning was SA, whereas A. Greiser, Vice-President of the Senate, was SS, Gauleiter A. Forster swung more to the President's side, S. Lester's point of view was that President H. Rauschning was the best and most able member of the Party in power; guarantees requested by S. Lester in the event of a general election: complete secrecy and freedom of voting, freedom for the press, protection for the public and meetings of opposition parties during the campaign, etc.

Document · 1934.09.28
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Three principal antagonists: H. Rauschning on the one side and A. Forster and A. Greiser (vice-president of the Senate) on the other, H. Rauschning's policy obstructed by A. Forster, A. Forster's threat to put H. Rauschning out of office, dismissal of Streiter, chief of the press bureau and politically attached to H. Rauschning; S. Lester refused, for different reasons, to receive the chief of an organization known as "Les délégations juives".

Document · 1934.10.01
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S. Lester denounced demands made upon the Danzig Government: the Greiser's five points, such as the suppression of the opposition newspapers, the dissolution of the opposition parties, the imprisonment of Catholic priests, etc. that might lead to flagrant violations of the Constitution of Danzig, which was guaranteed by the League of Nations; S. Lester reminded that A. Forster, member of the Reichstag was only the leader of the National Socialist movement in Danzig and did not exercise any influence upon the conduct of the Government, in spite of some speeches he made at meetings of officials of the State, and that the legal Government in Danzig was the Senate.

Document · 1934.10.02
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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.