Extract from "Le Temps": resignation of O'Rourke, bishop of Danzig.
This unedited and uncorrected typescript of the diary and papers of Sean Lester covers, in part, the period when he was League of Nations High Commissioner in Danzig (1935-1937), Deputy Secretary-General (1937-1940) and Secretary-General (1940-1947, by decision of the General Assembly in 1946) of the League of Nations in Geneva.
The material bound in this "Diary" is by no means complete, even for the 1935-1941 period. Some time after the "Diary" was bound, a further box of papers, covering most of S. Lester's life, was found, including: private diary entries, general S. Lester's notes, correspondence, press, etc. In fact, some of the most important papers for 1935-1941 were found and are not therefore in the "Diary" - for instance as regards the 1936 crisis.Lester, Sean (1888-1959).
Two letters addressed by S. Lester to H. Rauschning, President of the Senate, dated 30 August and 3 September 1934: the first one, intended as a general warning, regarding doubtful legislative and administrative acts affecting the liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and the respect given to the Constitution under which the Senate was governing, as well as an inclination from the Government and its administration to confuse the identities of Party and State, and the second one on knives carried by many SA men in Danzig; petition from Catholic priests relating to the suppression of Catholic Youth organizations; post scriptum regarding the fact that Danzig and Poland agreed on Nederbragt as President of the Port and discussed terms with him.
S. Lester's appointment as Danzig High Commissioner; photograph of S. Lester.
Extract from the "Irish Press": S. Lester's appointment and new duties as Danzig High Commissioner.
Extract from the "Irish Times" on S. Lester's high abilities as a diplomatist and tasks as mediator in Danzig between the Germans and Poles; about the Polish "Corridor".
Extract from the "Irish Independent": S. Lester and his family preparing for their move from Geneva to Danzig; life and housekeeping in Geneva; S. Lester's wife invited to the opening of a beauty salon in Dublin.
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.