18th July 1942, at dinner
Once we have secured our grip on the Eastern territories by means of the construction of a network of autobahnen, the problems of distance, which worry us a little today, will cease to exist. Of what importance will the thousand-kilometre stretch to the Crimea be, when we can cover it at eighty kilo- metres an hour along the autobahn and do the whole distance easily in two days!
I am absolutely determined to link up the whole of the Eastern territories behind the East Wall by means of a network of autobahnen radiating from Berlin. When we are able to go from Klagenfurt to Trondhjem and from Hamburg to the Crimea along a Reichs autobahn, we shall have a system of communications which will shorten space to the same degree as the old carriage highways for the conception of their time.