22nd February 1942, evening
Defence of the European peninsula—The Russian masses against the individual—Nations must fuse.
Not long ago, at a time when there were still a few acres of land to be shared out in the Far East, everybody went rushing there. Nowadays, we have the Russian spaces. They’re less attractive and rougher, but they’re worth more to us. We’ll get our hands on the finest land, and we’ll guarantee for ourselves the control of the vital points. We’ll know how to keep the population in order. There won’t be any question of our arriving there with kid gloves and dancing-masters.
Asia didn’t succeed, in the course of the centuries, in dislodging us from our peninsula—and all they now have in the way of civilisation, they’ve got from us. Now we’re going to see which side has the real strength. The Russian, as an individual fighting man, has always been our inferior. Russians exist only en masse, and that explains their brutality. I’ve always rebelled against the idea that Europe had reached the end of its mission, and that the hour of Russia or the United States had come. It was the Continent that civilised Great Britain, and this is what enabled her to colonise vast spaces in the rest of the world. Without Europe, America is not conceivable.
Why shouldn’t we have the strength necessary to become one of the world’s centres of attraction? A hundred and twenty million people of Germanic stock, when they’ve consolidated their positions—that’s a force against which nobody in the world will be able to do anything. The countries that make up the Germanic world will stand only to gain.
I see it in my own case. My native land is one of the most beautiful countries in the Reich, but what can it do when left to itself? What could I undertake as an Austrian? There’s no way of developing one’s talents in countries like Austria or Saxony, Denmark or Switzerland. The foundation is missing. So it’s lucky that once again potential new spaces are opening up before the Germanic peoples.
I understand that it may be hard for a young Dutchman or a young Norwegian to find himself called upon to form a common unit, within the framework of the Reich, together with men of other Germanic connections. But what is asked of them is no harder than what was asked of the Germanic tribes at the time of the great migrations.
Confronted with the innumerable populations of the East, we cannot exist except on condition that all Germanics are united. They must compose the nucleus around which Europe will federate. On the day when we’ve solidly organised Europe, we shall be able to look towards Africa. And, who knows? perhaps one day we shall be able to entertain other ambitions.