Back in February, Len Nadybal asked me privately about the Czech leased
area in Hamburg. I hope he does not mind me repeating his question here
> Have you ever studied anything about the Czech leased area in Hamburg?
> A section of the harbor was declared to be under Czech administration in
> the Treaty of Versailles - and when the Slovakia split off from
> Czechoslovakia, the question of who owned the lease came up. The Czech
> government had a private company under contract to administer it, and
> the company either went broke or moved under Slovakian jurisdiction,
> leaving the administration of the harbor in the air. I have been trying
> to find out how the problem was solved, but everything I run into that
> looks promising is in Czech.
> The lease is a 99 year one, and started around 1917, so it only has a
> few years to go. Maybe the Czech government relinquished it back to
I have finally been able to spend some time researching and translating
some sites. An overview of my findings are included in the next message.
Len also asked about the situation in Szczecin/Stettin, where the Treaty
of Versailles provided for a similar lease:
> There was also a second leased area declared in the treaty, but after
> WWII the port of Stettin fell to the Poles, and I could never find out
> if the Polish government continued to honor the treaty (which only
> obligated the Germans), or if the lease ceased to exist.
The only thing that I have been able to find out is that Czechoslovakia
gave up those rights in 1956. (From the copy in Google's cache of