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The Free City of Danzig (today the city of Gdańsk, Poland) was a political and historical anomaly, created after the First World War to give Poland free and secure access to the sea. The term "Free City" is something of a misnomer; the political entity included the municipality of Danzig as well as the surrounding area totaling 759 square miles. Its foreign affairs were officially controlled by the Republic of Poland, with whom it was in a customs union. The Free City's life was brief, intense, and fascinating. I hope the Sourcebook will pique your interest and encourage you to learn more.
This is a personal project stemming from my interest in the city of Gdańsk/Danzig generally, and in the Free City of Danzig in particular. As I continue my own researches, I hope to assemble a comprehensive catalog of resources to assist others wanting to know more about the Free City of Danzig. Please consult the Timeline for a background on the history of the Free City of Danzig.
This is very much a work in progress. Please let me know if you find dead links, damaged files or other errors. I also welcome any leads on additional documents to add to the Sourcebook.
To the extent possible I have verified that the materials accessible from this site or linked to it are within the public domain. Copyright laws vary by jurisdiction so download at your own risk. (As an aside, I would like to put on my librarian hat and remind everyone that information wants to be free!)
10 May 2016
As you can see, I'm messing around with the look of the front page. There's a lot going on in the background content-wise, for which I should have an update soon.
14 February 2016
A new post is up on the blog.
4 February 2016
Perhaps you just heard me screeching with excitement--the League of Nations archive has put its Sean Lester materials online!
I need to look into the copyright implications of re-hosting this material before I do anything with it. Plus, I'm still bogged down transcribing the Gesetzblatt. I hope to integrate these new materials into the Sourcebook soon.
8 January 2016
Happy New Year! I've added about 100 new items to the Bibliography of Secondary Sources.
22 October 2015
I've finally been able to add some information from the Danzig Port and Waterways Board. Selected issues of the Gazette are available here.
1 October 2015
Quite a bit going on here behind the scenes at FCS Towers, particularly with the Bibliography and the Books sections. Also, great news: I hope to get the Gesetzblatt scanned next week!
16 September 2015
Just finished adding newspapers from New Zealand to the English-language newspapers section. It's great that there are more and more digitized newspapers freely available to the public--it's a great boon for researchers (particularly those without access to ProQuest and other paid databases).
11 September 2015
I've reorganized the Photographs section into several categories. Having them all on one page was getting too unwieldy. Also I've added many more photos, mostly from 1939.