At the end of five months of war one thing has become more and more
clear. It is that Germany seeks to establish a domination over the world
completely different from any known in history.
The domination at which the Nazis aim is not limited to the displacement
of the balance of power and the imposition of supremacy of one nation.
It seeks the systematic and total destruction of those conquered by Hitler,
and it does not treaty with the nations which he has subdued. He destroys
them. He takes from them their whole political and economic existence and
seeks even to deprive them of their history and their culture. He wishes
to consider them only as vital space and a vacant territory over which
he has every right.
The human beings who constitute these nations are for him only cattle.
He orders their massacre or their migration. He compels them to make room
for their conquerors. He does not even take the trouble to impose any war
tribute on them. He just takes all their wealth, and, to prevent any revolt,
he wipes out their leaders and scientifically seeks the physical and moral
degradation of those whose independence he has taken away.
Under this domination, in thousands of towns and villages in Europe
there are millions of human beings now living in misery which, some months
ago, they could never have imagined. Austria, Bohemia, Slovakia and Poland
are only lands of despair. Their whole peoples have been deprived of the
means of moral and material happiness. Subdued by treachery or brutal violence,
they have no other recourse than to work for their executioners who grant
them scarcely enough to assure the most miserable existence.
There is being created a world of masters and slaves in the image
of Germany herself. For, while Germany is crushing beneath her tyranny
the men of every race and language, she is herself being crushed beneath
her own servitude and her domination mania. The German worker and peasant
are the slaves of their Nazi masters while the worker and peasant of Bohemia
and Poland have become in turn slaves of these slaves. Before this first
realization of a mad dream, the whole world might shudder.
Nazi propaganda is entirely founded on the exploitation of the weakness
of the human heart. It does not address itself to the strong or the heroic.
It tells the rich they are going to lose their money. It tells the worker
this is a rich man's war. It tells the intellectual and the artist that
all he cherished is being destroyed by war. It tells the lover of good
things that soon he would have none of them. It says to the Christian believer:
"How can you accept this massacre?" It tells the adventurer -
"a man like you should profit by the misfortunes of your country."
It is those who speak this way who have destroyed or confiscated
all the wealth they could lay their hands on, who have reduced their workers
to slavery, who have ruined all intellectual liberty, who have imposed
terrible privations on millions of men and women and who have made murder
their law. What do contradictions matter to them if they can lower the
resistance of those who wish to bar the path of their ambitions to be masters
of the world?
For us there is more to do than merely win the war. We shall win
it, but we must also win a victory far greater than that of arms. In this
world of masters and slaves, which those madmen who rule at Berlin are
seeking to forge, we must also save liberty and human dignity.
Edouard Daladier - January 29, 1940