584 HOLIDAY CAMPS OF THE FUTURE and small, of the simplest, and at the same time most solid, class of the population. There is, in State affairs, no finer way of binding the upper classes to the interests of the country. 265 22nd July 1942, midday King of England and Duke of Normandy—The Channel Islands and the Frisian Isles—Those who work and those who reap. The inhabitants of the Channel Islands which we occupy consider themselves as members of the British Empire rather than as subjects of the King, whom they still regard, not as King, but as the Duke of Normandy. If our occupation troops play their cards properly, we shall have no difficulties there. I do not approve of the suggestion made to me that these islands should be colonised by people from Friesland and the Ems regions; for whereas these latter are primarily marshdwellers and cattle-drovers, the inhabitants of the islands themselves are first and foremost small farmers. If the British had continued to hold these islands, fortifying them and constructing aerodromes on them, they could have been a veritable thorn in our flesh. As it is, we have now firmly established ourselves there, and with the fortifications we have constructed and the permanent garrison of a whole division, we have ensured against the possibility of the islands ever falling again into the hands of the British. After the war they can be handed over to Ley, for, with their wonderful climate, they constitute a marvellous health resort for the Strength through Joy organisation. The islands are full of hotels as it is, so very little construction will be needed to turn them into ideal rest centres. The Italians could have got hold of a similar prize, if, on entering the war, they had occupied Cyprus. Unfortunately, however, they restricted their military activities to a declaration that now they regarded themselves as being in a state of war ! And that, if you please, after we had shown them in Norway how things should be done. The average Italian of to-day is a mighty trencherman at the table, but a weedy warrior in war.
LEGAL PEDANTRY AND GRAFT 585 How very different are the men of the Caucasian tribes, who are about the finest and proudest men to be found between Europe and Asia. 266 22nd July 1942, at dinner Lawyers not admitted!—Thief does not rob thief— Crocodile tears for sale, at a fee ! Let me issue a word of warning to our legal gentlemen; that they should refrain from attempting to impose their mania for regulations on the administration of our Eastern territories. It is typical of lawyers that, according to their doctrine, while I have the absolute right, as Chancellor of the Reich, to sign and promulgate laws and decrees affecting hundreds of millions of marks, I am not legally allowed to sign a will disposing of, say, ten marks, without having my signature witnessed by a lawyer. I had to make a special law in order to rid us of this pedantry. As long as I am here, there is no great danger to be feared from the lawyers; whenever necessary, I shall ride rough-shod over their formalities. But I am worried about the future. A little while ago I took steps which enable me to put a stop to their little games, when they become really harmful. I was forced to do so, because up to now these crooks were answerable for their conduct only to their own legal tribunals, in which it was axiomatic that thief does not rob thief. But I soon put a stop to that. During our period of struggle, I had plenty of personal experience with these gentlemen. I am sometimes told that I am confusing the lawyers who flourished under the Weimar Republic with their successors of to-day, who are quite different. I disagree absolutely; the very curriculum for the training of a lawyer ensures that the rising generation will be just the same smart Alecs as their predecessors. How can you describe as honest a profession which, from its beginning to its end, is engaged in defending blackguards? And in which the fervour of their eloquence is in direct ratio to their client's capacity to pay ! Look at Lütgebrune ! He can work himself up to a tempest of tears—provided sufficient pennies are put in the