2O6 AUSTRIAN ARCHITECTURE longer possible to ignore his work, he was covered with decorations and overwhelmed with honours. What did all that mean to him? Wouldn't it have been better not to have misunderstood him so long? Jewry had raised Brahms to the pinnacle. He was lionised in the salons and was a pianist of theatrical gestures. He exploited effects of the hands, effects of the beard and hair. Compared with him, Bruckner was a man put out of countenance, an abashed man. Wagner also had the feeling for gesture, but with him it was innate. Wagner was a man of the Renaissance—like Goring in a certain aspect (and it would be silly to blame him). There is nothing crueller than to live in a milieu that has no understanding for a work already achieved or in process of gestation. When I think of a man like Schiller or Mozart! Mozart who was flung, nobody knows where, into a communal grave. . . . What ignominy! If I hadn't been there to prevent it, I believe the same thing would have happened to Troost. That man revolutionised the art of building. Perhaps it would have taken a few years—and he'd have died without anyone having the slightest idea of his genius. When I got to know him, he was depressed, embittered, disgusted with life. It often happens that architects are hypersensitive people. Think merely of Hansen, who was the most richly gifted of the architects of Vienna. And Hasenauer? The critics had attacked him so savagely that he committed suicide before his great work was finished—and yet the Vienna opera-house, so marvellously beautiful, puts the Paris Opéra into the shade. To know that one is capable of doing things that nobody else can do—and to have no possibility of giving proof of it ! It seems that people should make sacrifices for their great men as a matter of course. A nation's only true fortune is its great men. A great man is worth a lot more than a thousand million in the State's coffers. A man who's privileged to be the Head of a country couldn't make a better use of his power than to put it at the service of talent. If only the Party will regard it as its main duty to discover and encourage the talents! It's the great men who express a nation's soul.
BIRTHRATE IN INDIA AND RUSSIA 2O7 I had extraordinary luck, but the German people had even more. The seven infantry divisions and three cavalry divisions of 1933 would not have stopped the tidal wave from the East! 108 i5th January 1942, evening Churchill's return from U.S.A.—Miracles don't happen— Over-population and vaccination. On his return to England, Churchill will have no difficulty in getting round the House of Commons—but the people whose fortunes are in India won't let the wool be pulled over their eyes. Already an English newspaper is so bold as to write: "Send everything to India, without bothering about Russia or North Africa." Nowadays the possessing class has only one idea: "How are we to save the Empire?" It's not impossible that a miracle may take place and England may withdraw from the war. A year ago she could have made peace and retained all her prestige. In this war, in the event of victory, only America will gain an advantage. In the event of defeat, it's England who will be the only loser. I read to-day that India at present numbers three hundred and eighty-eight million inhabitants, which means an increase of fifty-five millions during the last ten years. It's alarming. We are witnessing the same phenomenon in Russia. The women there have a child every year. The chief reason for this increase is the reduction in mortality due to the progress made by the health services. What are our doctors thinking of? Isn't it enough to vaccinate the whites? So much the worse for the whites who won't let themselves be vaccinated ! Let 'em croak ! All the same, because of these people's fixed ideas, we can't sterilise all the natives. Bormannput in that of the fifty families in Obersalzberg, twenty-four had children in 1941. That brings us close to the Russian birthrate! I've always said that the only problem for us is the housing problem. The children will come of themselves. A great convenience for the parents is blocks of buildings with communal gardens inside,