550 HINT TO KING OF EGYPT lines of communication and supply, that Egypt might well become a death-trap for the German Afrika Korps. The Fuehrer remarked: I certainly did not expect Britain to write off Egypt with such celerity! It is now very important that our own propaganda machine should come swiftly into action and trumpet, throughout the world and with ever-increasing stridency, that for Egypt the day of freedom has at last dawned. If the slogan is skilfully handled, its effect on other countries under British domination, and particularly on those in the Near East, will be tremendous. It is also of great importance that the King of Egypt should be urged to withdraw as quickly as possible from British "protection", secrete himself somewhere or other and wait for us solemnly to invite his return and formally to restore his throne to him. It is the task of the Foreign Office to give the King a hint along these lines. 247 3rd July 1942, at dinner Transport by ship and plane—The future belongs to the air. When the Fuehrer came to table, Captain (Aviation) Baur and Admiral Krancke were discussing the relative profits earned by air and maritime transportation. The Fuehrer said: Increasing speeds in the air have already been assured, and in my opinion an increase in profits will be achieved by aviation only through the introduction of the Diesel engine. Baur remarked that a passenger aircraft required a payload of sixty to one hundred passengers. The Fuehrer continued: You need not worry about that. In a very short time we shall have aircraft big enough to have bathrooms installed in them. Admiral Krancke said that in spite of all these anticipated developments in aviation, maritime transportation had nothing to fear from air competition. "/ cannot believe" he said, "that it will ever be possible to build aircraft big enough to replace cargo-ships as carriers of coal, timber, iron, etc." Baur retorted: "Mot necessary! As it is, the railways have left the carrying of tiles to the ships." The Fuehrer concluded: One must judge these things in the light of common progress.
PROTESTANT REGIONS OF THE REICH 551 The bird is one degree in advance of the flying fish, which itself is higher than the ordinary fish; and in the same way, the aircraft is an advance on the ship—and the future belongs to the air. 248 4th July 1942, at dinner German Embassy at the Vatican—Interpretations of the Concordat—My relations with the Papal Nuncio—Americans stand no nonsense from the Church—A milliard a year into the pockets of the priests !—The Concordat must be ended—Faulty manœuvres by the Wilhelmstrasse—I refuse open war with the Church—An account to be settled with Bishop von Galen—The Bishops will soon fawn on the State. Should we decide to recall our present representative from the Vatican, I can see no adequate reason for sending any fresh incumbent to this Embassy. The relations between Germany and the Vatican are based on the Concordat. But this same Concordat is no more than the survival of agreements reached between the Vatican and the different German States, and, with the disappearance of the latter and their incorporation in the German Reich, it has become obsolete. It is true that it has as its basis these various agreements, but it is a confirmation of past agreements rather than a current agreement in force. I am therefore of the considered opinion that the juridical consequence of the disappearance of the sovereignty of the individual German States and its incorporation in the sovereignty of the Reich render the continuation of diplomatic relations with the Vatican redundant. From military reasons connected with the war I have so far refrained from translating this conception into fact. Equally, however, I have shown myself unresponsive to the attempts of the Vatican towards extension of the provisions of the Concordat to embrace the newly acquired territories of the Reich. The Saar, Sudetenland, Bohemia and Moravia, the Reichsgau Danzig-East Prussia, the Warthegau, a large part of Silesia and Alsace-Lorraine have, in fact, no relations with the Roman Catholic Church which are supported by formal international agreement. In these territories, therefore, Church affairs must be settled locally.