446 BORMANN AND SCHWARZ OFFER FUNDS designs for this interior decoration, using for the purpose the red, blue and green pencils I have in my office, and by mistake I sent this very sketch to Frau Troost instead of the birthday card I'd done for her! As regards the Party House and the Provincial Parliament, Reichsleiter Bormann made a handsome offer which delighted me. As soon as he heard that the plans had been completed, he volunteered to provide the money for the projects. As the Party Treasurer has already undertaken to defray these expenses, I did not feel justified in accepting Bormann's offer; but I am none the less grateful to him. Ten years after the end of the war Linz must have become the new metropolis of the Danube. I become daily more enthusiastic about this beautifying of Linz, and I think it is the reaction of the artistic sense in me. This city possesses something which no architecture, however magnificent, could give her—a unique natural situation. In spite of the bonds of affection which tie me to Linz, I can honestly say that it is its wonderful position which alone impels me to carry out the project. The Viennese would be quite wrong to worry'that this might prove harmful to their monopoly, or to the cultural interests of the Alpine and Danubian Provinces. Far be it from me to lessen the importance of Vienna, so long as she remains on a sound and solid foundation. But when one thinks of the truly unique position of Linz, it is impossible, simply out of consideration for the feelings of the Viennese, to give up the idea of making Linz the metropolis of the Danube. It would be a crime. Further, if only to infuriate the Hungarians, everything must be done to embellish and to add to the beauties of Vienna itself. We shall only be repaying the Hungarians in their own coin, once the war is over, for having everywhere and so promptly taken advantage of circumstances and pulled their chestnuts out of the fire.
LINKING THE NEW EMPIRE 447 2OI Munich, 2yth April 1942, midday The value of the Eastern territories—The construction of a gigantic net-work of road and rail communications— Secondary importance of waterways. The Fuehrer discussed with Professor Giesler and Minister Esser the problem of the communication system for the Eastern territories. In these regions there will have to be a very considerable extension of existing railway lines, but they must not be planned on a local basis. Rapid communication with Constantinople is just as important to us as is rapid and easy communication between Upper Silesia and the Donetz basin. I envisage through-trains covering the distances at an average speed of two hundred kilometres an hour, and our present rolling-stock is obviously unsuitable for the purpose. Larger carriages will be required—probably double-deckers, which will give the passengers on the upper deck an opportunity of admiring the landscape. This will presumably entail the construction of a very much broader-gauge permanent way than that at present in use, and the number of lines must be doubled in order to be able to cope with any intensification of traffic. Two of these auxiliary lines in each direction will be reserved for goods traffic. We must plan on a large scale from the beginning, and I envisage for our principal line of communication—that to the Donetz basin—a four-line system. This alone will enable us to realise our plans for the exploitation of the Eastern territories. I need not say that in the execution of this vast plan we shall meet with many difficulties, but we must not let them discourage us. All the talk about the development of an inland waterway is, in my opinion, just nonsense; in the East there are seven months of winter in the year, and the construction of any inland waterway of practical value is out of the question.