The establishment of the Protectorate1. reflected the harsh element which the Germans injected into their dealings with the Czechs. Scrapping any idea of compromise, the Nazis tightened their control of the Bohemian area. The implications seemed clear enough: A period of intensified Czech-German conflict was in prospect with a new hardening of the Nazi policy throughout Europe.
Nazi policy was guided by the conviction that the Czechs had to be dominated. Any friendly attitude would be taken by them as a sign of weakness.2. The Nazi leaders were too steeped in brutality, too remote from moral sentiments, to be able to calculate the effect of their actions and policies. Even the conservative Neurath thought it necessary to show a firm hand, "for the Czechs were thick-skulled and treacherous."3. With the coming of war in 1939, it was in the Nazi interest that calm prevail, so that all possible profit could be garnered from the vast industrial potential of the Protectorate. Hitler decided to avoid anything which might provoke the Czechs, but stated clearly to Reich Protector Neurath that "any Czech defiance must be crushed____________________