602 VENICE BIENNIAL EXHIBITION from the armed forces of technicians required for the task are therefore of primary and equal importance. The more submarines we have in service, the larger will be our requirements for maintenance and repairs; and this must also be borne in mind when deciding the numbers of technicians to be released. 274 agth July 1942, at dinner The sculptor Kreis—German art and the Jews—Twelve hundred masterpieces at Munich—The artist's dilemma. The monument erected at Laboe to the memory of the submarine service is, with its distorted bows, a singularly pernicious piece of art. I am only thankful, therefore, that we now have in Professor Kreis an artist in stone capable of the most magnificent designs for all future war memorials. Bormann then showed the Fuehrer some photos of the pictures exhibited at the biennial exhibition in Venice. The Fuehrer commented: To my mind the complete lack of technique in these incredible daubs represents the ultimate prostitution of art. Public reception, according to reports I have received, throws a significant light on the value of this exhibition; when they saw the pictures, the public, apparently, simply burst out laughing. Such a thing could not happen at an exhibition in the House of German Art in Munich. The twelve hundred works accepted for the Munich exhibition, out of some ten or twelve thousand submitted, were, without exception, first-class works of art. The meticulousness of the selection was assured, because it was not carried out by artists themselves, but by men of the calibre of Professor Hoffmann and Director Kolb. Artists as selectors are somewhat prone to select for exhibition a certain number of mediocre works, which then serve as an excellent foil for their own pictures. The value of the Munich exhibition is twofold. It ensures that the purchaser of any picture can safely hang it in his home with pride, and it contributes greatly to the education of the artist.
ENGLISH LITERATURE 603 I have inexorably adhered to the following principle: If some self-styled artist submits trash for the Munich exhibition, then he is either a swindler, in which case he should be put in prison; or he is a madman, in which case he should be in an asylum; or he is a degenerate, in which case he must be sent to a concentration camp to be "re-educated" and taught the dignity of honest labour. In this way I have ensured that the Munich exhibition is avoided like the plague by the inefficient. The approval of my viewpoint by the German people, expressed in the terms of the millions who visit the exhibition, is a source of the keenest satisfaction to me. 275 1st August 1942, evening [Note by translator. The text for this day is very disjointed and confusedly written (with even grammatical mistakes in the German).] American credulity—Reticence in British public opinion— British lies—A comparison with America—Swine in a model piggery-—-The Church's cunning wisdom—The evolution of knowledg« and good faith—Exit the Pope—Hatred of the clergy in Spain—Serrano Suner, the grave-digger of modern Spain. Conversation turned to a book entitled "Juan in America" which Bormann had recently lent to the Fuehrer. In it the author paints a picture of the unbelievable conditions which reigned in the intellectual and political circles of the United States, and of the astonishing credulity of the American citizen. Hewel stated that this credulity was not an exclusively American characteristic, and that in Britain, too, the people swallowed everything they were told. Hitler said: This reminds me of the Hausser reunion which I attended in Stuttgart, where exactly the same sort of thing occurred. The fellow, who was either an idiot, a madman or a first-class swindler, heaped a torrent of abuse on his audience, calling them swine, oxen, beasts and so forth, although, in point of fact, the majority were very respectable people. Once, in some election in Munich, this fellow Hausser got twenty-nine thousand votes, because the voters confused the name and thought that the Hausser party represented the interests of the householders!