4 FINLAND UNSUITABLE FOR COLONISATION deserves the greatest respect. It is infinitely better to have this people of heroes as allies than to incorporate it in the Germanic Reich—which, in any case, would not fail to provoke complications in the long run. The Finns cover one of our flanks, Turkey covers the other. That's an ideal solution for me as far as our political protective system is concerned. Independently of these considerations, the climate of Karelia —not to speak of the other regions—doesn't suit us Germans at all. If I happen to visit our brave soldiers up there, and they ask me what I think of those unproductive lands (which the Russians themselves have not attempted to colonise), I can only share their feeling. It's quite different with Norway, which, thanks to the presence of the Gulf Stream, offers much more favourable climatic conditions. So the Reichsfuehrer SS mustn't entertain the hope of replacing the Russian penitentiary colonies on the Murmansk canal by the occupants of his concentration camps. These men's toil will first of all be needed for the building of the armaments factories we shall build in the vast Russian spaces. Besides, as regards the Russian territories that will pass under our sovereignty, the problems are so plentiful that they'll provide us with opportunities for work for several centuries. In the central sector, it will be necessary to cultivate the marshes, which extend further than eye can see, by planting reeds. They'll form a barrier in future to break the extraordinary waves of cold of the Russian winter. In other parts, it will be necessary to set up plantations of cultivated nettles, for, according to the experiments made by a Hamburg firm, the fibres of these nettles enable one to manufacture a cellulose much superior to cotton. Moreover, it's becoming urgently necessary to re-afforest the Ukraine, in order to struggle effectively against the rains which are a real scourge in that region. They really did a good job, those hunters who, in order to satisfy their passion for the chase, took care to re-afforest 37 per cent of German soil. In the meantime, along the whole periphery of the Mediterranean, people were de-foresting without thinking of the importance of the forest and, consequently, without adopting the policy their action entailed. Since there is a question of the future of Leningrad, I reply that, for me, Leningrad is doomed to decay. As one of the
A GERMAN INLAND SEA 401 officers to whom I awarded the Oak Leaves was saying recently, famine has already reduced the population of Leningrad to two millions. If one thinks that, according to the report of the Turkish Ambassador in Russia, the city of the diplomats itelf no longer offers anything decent to eat; and if one knows, too, that the Russians are continuing to eat the meat of brokendown horses, it's not difficult to imagine that the population of Leningrad will rapidly diminish. The bombs and artillery fire have contributed their share to the city's destruction. In future the Neva will have to serve as the frontier between Finland and ourselves. May the ports and naval dockyards of Leningrad decay in their turn ! As a matter of fact, there can be only one master in the Baltic, which must be an inland sea of Germany's. That's why we must see to it there's no room for an important port on the periphery of our Reich. The development of our own ports and those of the Baltic countries will amply suffice to cover our maritime needs, so that we shall be well able to dispense with the port of Leningrad, which in any case is blocked by ice for half the year. 182 5th April 1942, evening Shall we try to Germanise the French?—The claims of Mussert—Very limited autonomy in the Great German Reich—Example of Austria—Himmler on the Frisians— Germanisation of Holland—The foreign legions on the Eastern front—Fusion of all Germanic races—But no excess Germanisation—Distrust of the Poles—Traitors within— Spontaneous treachery—How Germany should have shown her resistance spirit in 1918—Admiral Darlan's conjuring trick—France will pay for the errors of Versailles. During dinner, the Reichsfuehrer SS declared that, in his view, the best way of settling the French problem would be to carry off every year a certain number of racially healthy children, chosen amongst France's Germanic population. It would be necessary to try to settle these children, while stillvery young, in German boarding-schools, to train them away from their French nationality, which was due to chance, to make them aware of their Germanic blood and thus inculcate into them the notion of their membership of the great group of Germanic peoples.* The Fuehrer replied: 1 "Sinister theory!" (MS. note by Bormann.)
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Magazine: Adolf Hitler's Table Talk-1941-1944