486 A NEW ORDER OF CHIVALRY insignia will cost at the most twenty marks. We are therefore pretty sure to get value for our money, even when the distinction is awarded for the most mediocre service. My real problem has been to find a way of adequately rewarding cases of exceptional merit and unique exploits. It seemed to me that to meet such cases, and as the expression of the appreciation of the nation, it would be better to create a new Order, to which, of course, no foreigner, under any circumstances, would be admitted. The death of Minister Todt has made the solution of this problem one of particular urgency, for there is a man who has incomparable claims to the nation's gratitude. In the field of military activity, and thanks to the fortifications in the West, he has saved innumerable German lives. On the civil side, we have to thank him for our autobahnen. The Order which I created on the death of Minister Todt, and of which, posthumously, he is the first recipient, is designed to reward the most outstanding services that a man can render to the Reich. To avoid too wide a distribution, I have decided that recipients shall be grouped into a Chapter, as was done in the case of the Orders of Chivalry of the Middle Ages. This Chapter shall also have a Senate, with powers to decide admissions and exclusions and limitation of the number of Members of the Chapter. 219 16th May 1942, at dinner Handling of arms and a virile education—No armies for the occupied countries—Experiences with the Czechs—Diplomatic activities—Geneva and the League of Nations—The Wilhelmstrasse distinguishes itselfl To teach a nation the handling of arms is to give it a virile education. If the Romans had not recruited Germans in their armies, the latter would never have had the opportunity of becoming soldiers and, eventually, of annihilating their former instructors. The most striking example is that of Arminius, who became Commander of the Third Roman Legion. The Romans instructed the Third in the arts of war, and Arminius afterwards used it to defeat his instructors. At the time of the revolt against Rome, the most daring of Arminius' brothers-in-
THE EASY LIFE OF A DIPLOMAT 487 arms were all Germanics who had served some time or other in the Roman legions. We must, therefore, give a categorical no in reply to the Czech aspirations for the creation of a national army, even for an army in embryo. Servile for as long as he is unarmed, the Czech becomes dangerously arrogant when he is allowed to don uniform. We have had plenty of time to see that for ourselves during the twenty years in which Czechoslovakia enjoyed political independence. Instead of directing her diplomacy towards the forging of those ties with Germany which alone would have constituted a reasonable policy, the Czech State tried to turn Prague—admittedly one of the most important cities in Europe—into a sort of hub of the universe. The Czechs took their importance most seriously and they tried to have their finger in every pie. And not one of their statesmen had the sense to see that a Czech diplomat, installed, say, in Copenhagen, was destined to a life of ease, having nothing to do but every fortnight to put in a report made up of press cuttings snipped out for him by his press attaché. Oh! and an occasional telephone call to Prague for the latest news on the trend of Czech policy ! For a little country nothing is more flattering than to have a capital in which, apparently, there is intense diplomatic activity, and to give hospitality to the more or less decadent society who adorn these activities. If you wish to please a little country, transform your Legation there into an Embassy and you've hit the bull's eye. During the period of the League of Nations, the importance in foreign affairs which these little countries arrogated to themselves was very apparent. They could think of nothing better to do, as members of this hierarchy, than to vote against Germany. In my opinion it would have been more to the point if they had paid their subscriptions ! And to-day they seem quite astonished to find that we have not forgotten their previous behaviour ! I must confess that the delegates at Geneva were a pretty exceptional bunch of nincompoops. Their principal preoccupations were to draw their allowances most punctually, to eat and drink well and last, but by no means least, to throw themselves body and soul into amorous adventures ! Following the example set by the Council of Constance, where fifteen hundred "merry maidens"
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.