622 POCKET STRATEGISTS St. Petersburg must be razed to the ground. I was furious when the Air Force were reluctant to attack the place from their bases in Kiev. One day, it has got to be done, otherwise the Russians will return and try to set up a Government there. We shall soon win the peasantry completely to our side. Already they begin to breathe freely, and for the first time someone has paid them something for their wares! For the most part, these peasants are first-class stock. The remnants of the old Goths are still there, for though a language may disappear, the blood remains ! The Americans are still delighted so long as they can amass more gold; they do not seem to realise that the stuff has no intrinsic value at all. You may say what you like about our pub-strategists, but in comparison with the British speakers on military affairs, they are veritable von Moltkes ! They have quite convinced me on one point—you cannot exist in the colonies without Scotch whisky ! 285 gth August 1942, midday SPECIAL GUESTS: REICH MINISTERS VON RIBBENTROP AND DR. LAM- MERS; REICHSFUEHRER SS HIMMLER; GAULEITERS BÜRCKEL, SIMON, ROBERT WAGNER Britons have no rights in Europe—The Great German Reich—The granary of the East. The British are nothing but a twig from the German tree. They have no claim whatever to a share in the responsibility for the security of Europe. For that Germany is prepared to accept full and sole responsibility. By harsh rule we must bring law and order to the Continent. The Balkans we will leave alone for the moment, so that we can continue to export arms to them. If the Hungarians go to war with the Rumanians, then, unless I am much mistaken, Antonescu will knock hell out of them ! The day will come when the Viennese idea will be proved to be right. In the ten thousand cafés of Vienna, this is how the Hungarian problem is envisaged: "Hungary belongs to us, and the people in Berlin know nothing about it. It was we who liberated the Hungarians from the Turks, and order will not be restored in Hungary until we liberate the country again. So
GERMANY SAFE FOR FIFTY YEARS 623 why on earth don't we take it over and have done with it! And the Slovenes? It is no doubt fine that they should be independent; but after all they, too, belong to us!" Vienna is becoming more pan-Germanic than the Germans themselves ! They are inspired by the feeling that they have a mission to fulfil—and we might just as well egg them on a little. Belgrade used to be a miserable little collection of hovels; it was Prince Eugene who brought fame to the city. From the East we shall get between ten and twelve million tons of grain annually; I think we ought to build spaghetti factories on the spot; all the prerequisites are there. This will enable us to give a little extra to those western territories which are rich in industry, but badly off as regards foodstuffs. There is one thing about which we must be quite clear; anyone here who gets ideas above his station and beyond the confines of his farm must be sharply jumped upon. 286 gth August 1942, evening SPECIAL GUESTS : GAULEITERS BÜRCKEL, ROBERT WAGNER AND SIMON Riches of the Ukraine—The giant Stalin. There are here a million tons of wheat in reserve from last year's harvest. Just think what it will be like when we get things properly organised, and the oil-wells are in our possession! This Ukraine produces thirteen or fourteen million tons a year. Even if we show ourselves to be half as successful as organisers as the Russians—there's a cool six million for us ! Next year, after the next harvest, we must organise thoroughly and work at full speed ! One thing which we have so far not taken into account is the fact that every three days there is a thunderstorm. This country is a regular forcing-house; fifty degrees of heat one moment, then a torrent of rain, and then the heat again ! Had it not been for the mud and rain last October, we should have been in Moscow in no time. We have now learnt that the moment the rain comes, we must stop everything. When the war ends, the German people need not bother its head about what it is going to do during the next fifty years !