556 "THE HITLER" MUST NOT BE SUNK substituting for it regional regulations and immediately withholding from the Church the financial support at present guaranteed to it by that treaty. I am sure it will give my Reichsstatthalters great pleasure to inform some Bishop, who, from the State's point of view, has strayed from the straight and narrow path, that the Reichsgau, owing to a temporary lack of funds, is, unfortunately and to his own personal deep regret, compelled temporarily to stop such contributions as it was in the habit of making from time to time ! When once the Concordat and its financial obligations have been repudiated, and the Church becomes dependent on the offertory, it will pocket a bare 3 per cent of the money it at present gets from the State, and all the Bishops will come creeping and begging to the Reichsstatthalter. It will be the duty of the Reichsstatthalter to make it quite clear after the war that he will deal with the Church in exactly the same way as he deals with any other national association, and that he will not tolerate the intervention of any foreign influence. The Papal Nuncio can then return happily to Rome, we shall be saved the expense of an embassy at the Vatican, and the only people who will weep tears over the jobs that have been lost will be the Foreign Office ! 249 4th July 1942, at dinner Two men in advance of their time—Naming battleships— Stronger collaboration from Czechoslovakia—Those who are not for me are against me. I think it is very astonishing that men like Ulrich von Hütten and Goetz von Berlichingen should have been so far in advance of their times and so progressive in their ideas, and it is a great pity that they had behind them in their struggle no strong and concrete doctrine, which would have given them the necessary moral élan and perseverance. Their completely German outlook nevertheless entitles them to a high place in the esteem of the German people. I have for this reason suggested that battleships or other large warships at present under construction should be named after them. I rejected the suggestion that a battleship should be named
CZECH CO-OPERATION 557 after myself, because if such a ship has bad luck, the superstitious would regard it as an unfavourable omen for my own activities. Imagine a battleship named after me having to spend six months in dry dock for repairs ! Look, for example, at the very harmful effect the announcement of the destruction of Fort Stalin at Sebastopol had on Russian morale. In a State which is founded on a concrete political philosophy, prudence must be exercised in the naming of warships. October Revolution, Marat, the Commune of Paris in the Soviet Navy is an example of what I mean. I have therefore ordered that the battle cruiser Deutschland should be re-named, for the loss of a ship of that name would cause greater consternation than the loss of any other ship. For the same reason I will not allow the names of any one associated with the National Socialist movement or philosophy to be used for any warships. After a man like Goetz von Berlichingen, on the other hand, you can name as many ships as you like ; for such is his popularity among the people that even if any number of ships bearing his name were successively sunk, the christening of a new one with the same name will always be greeted with applause. The Fuehrer stated that, according to a telegram received, the Government of Bohemia and Moravia had organised a gigantic rally of the Czech people, at which an appeal for complete co-operation with the Greater German Reich was made, and that the appeal had gone on to say that those who in the future held themselves aloof from such co-operation would be branded as traitors to the Czech people. The Fuehrer's remarks on the subject were: This action was initiated during the course of a conversation I had with President Hacha in the Reich Chancellery, on the occasion of a memorial service for Obergruppenfuehrer Heydrich. I told Hacha and the members of the Czech Government accompanying him that we would tolerate no further grave acts in the Protectorate prejudicial to the interests of the Reich, and that if any occurred, we should have to consider deporting the whole Czech population. I added that as we had accomplished the migration of several million Germans, such an action would present no difficulty to us. At this, Hacha collapsed like a pricked balloon, as did also his colleagues.