460 BORMANN COMMENT ON MUSSOLINI History shows that no country has ever been ruined on account of its debts. You may take it from me that our economists can sleep comfortably and regard the problem of war costs and debts with the utmost optimism. 207 5th May 1942, midday Wallonia and Northern France are really German provinces. The Fuehrer said jokingly that he had read last night with the greatest interest the book by Petri, lent to him by the journalist Frentz and entitled: "Germanisches Volkserbe in Wallonien und Nordfrankreich" (German National Inheritance in Wallonia and Northern France]. He continued: This work, published in 1937, further strengthens my conviction that Wallonia and northern France are in reality German lands. The abundance of German-sounding nameplaces, the widespread customs of Germanic origin, the forms of idiom which have persisted—all these prove, to my mind, that these territories have been systematically detached, not to say snatched, from the Germanic territories. If there are territories anywhere which we have every right to reclaim, then it is these. 208 May 1942 Frequent changes in the Duce's entourage—Lack of efficient and trustworthy colleagues—Do not move a man who is doing a good job of work—Baldur von Schirach, Axmann, Lauterbacher and Terboven—Lammers a lawyer with commonsense—Importance of efficient collaboration. Bormann remarked that each time the Duce paid us a visit, we found him surrounded by new faces, from which he gathered that the Duce was constantly changing his collaborators. The Fuehrer retorted: If the Duce acts in this manner, then it is undoubtedly because he has no option, for he knows as well as I do that, for the execution of a long-term project, one must be able to count on the continuous collaboration of men in key positions. The reasons, as I see them, for these constant changes the Duce
NOT ENOUGH MEN FOR SENIOR POSTS 461 makes, must be : firstly, that he has not sufficient first-class men at his disposal, and must therefore be constantly weeding out those who do not come up to standard, and secondly that the most capable men among the Fascists are invariably proposed for nomination as Prefects—if they were not, the King, who has the monopoly of nomination, would seize the opportunity of affronting Mussolini by appointing non-Fascists. I know only too well how difficult it is to find the right man for the more important posts. One is compelled again and again to appeal to the same individuals. When I came to selecting our Commissars for the occupied Eastern territories, I kept on coming back to the names of my old Gauleiters; Lohse and Koch, for instance, leapt straight to my mind. I do my best, however, to keep men in those positions in which they have proved themselves, for thus I ensure a really fruitful collaboration. Bormann is quite right when he says that a temporary job gives no one the chance to show his capabilities. If a Gauleiter has not the assurance of a long term of office, his projects will inevitably suffer, and he will be functioning under a grave handicap. He will perforce ask himself a number of questions—what will my successor think of the work I have undertaken? Will he finish the projects I have started? Will he say that I have chosen my construction sites badly? that I have wasted money with no benefit to the community? And so on. Although I have succeeded in finding men for the key posts, the SS, the NSKK (National Socialist Mechanised Corps) and the RAD (State Labour Service)—and in them I have men of the highest capabilities—I have not been able to find the right man to place at the head of the SA. This shows you how rare are men of real merit. As regards the SA, which formed our shock troops before our assumption of power, it has now tended to become a force which often either fails to realise in time which way its duty lies, or bungles the execution of it. When I think of this degeneration of the SA, I cannot help congratulating myself on having found in Schirach the ideal man for the leadership of the National Socialist Youth Movement. To Schirach undoubtedly belongs the credit for having founded and organised on a most solid basis the most important youth movement in the world. Schirach came to me as a very young
Vaishali Shah has visited many places to promote our Indian cultures. On the holy Makar Sankranti day this year the traveler Vaishali Shah was fortunate to be at the haveli of Mahaprabhuji. The journey to Champaranya was so refreshing and beautiful.