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Sean Lester's Diary
Pp274 · Series · 1935-1947
Part of Private Archives

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).
10 March 1936
Pp 274/1/98-99 · Document · 1936.03.10
Part of Private Archives

Hitler's Bombshell created consternation in Europe, follow-up of Hitler's announcement, reactions of France, Great-Britain and Poland, France has appealed to the Council of the League of Nations.

6 March 1936 (2)
Pp 274/1/97-98 · Document · 1936.03.06
Part of Private Archives

Announcement by Hitler of re-occupation of demilitarized zone and of readiness to replace Locarno Pact by non-agression-pacts with France and Belgium, and to make pact with Lithuania regarding Poland's access to the sea.

6 March 1936 (1)
Pp 274/1/96-97 · Document · 1936.03.06
Part of Private Archives

Assassinations by military of Japanese Cabinet ministers; Italian war and possible oil embargo.

25 February 1936
Pp 274/1/87-90 · Document · 1936.02.25
Part of Private Archives

Violent incidents in Danzig discussed with A. Greiser, President of the Danzig Senate; Note on S. Lester's report to the League of Nations on Danzig; Countess Finkenstein, big German land-owner in the East, on A. Forster's regarded as a disaster for Danzig and his possible removal; League of Nations' authority to be saved; Countess Finkenstein's talks with B. Mussolini and A. Hitler; talks about Italo-German rapprochment.

22 February 1936
Pp 274/1/85-86 · Document · 1936.02.22
Part of Private Archives

Lunch with Polish Minister Papee and A. Greiser, President of the Danzig Senate.

18 February 1936
Pp 274/1/83-84 · Document · 1936.02.18
Part of Private Archives

A. Greiser, President of the Danzig Senate, proposed changes in the law; Joseph O'Neill's books; Joe Walshe; petition from Witnesses of Jehovah.

16 February 1936
Pp 274/1/83 · Document · 1936.02.16
Part of Private Archives

Death of E. de Valera's son; A. Greiser, President of the Danzig Senate, gone shooting in Poland as guest of Polish President.

3 February 1936
Pp 274/1/80-81 · Document · 1936.02.03
Part of Private Archives

Danzig situation; A. Greiser's, President of the Danzig Senate, and A. Forster's speeches; A. Greiser's attitude, Hitler's position; conversation with Papee, Polish Minister.