This chapter looks at ‘three clusters’ of Nazi-German genocidal projects, using the recent formulation by eminent Holocaust historian Christopher Browning. Following Browning’s formulation, it examines Nazi genocide within the German Volksgemeinschaft (national community) of the Greater German Reich, within the German Lebensraum (living space) in the conquered eastern territories, and within the German Machtbereich (sphere of power) in central and eastern Europe, western Europe, and southeastern Europe.1 It shows how Nazi genocidal policies and practices — in each project — were shaped by imperialist-colonial thinking. It also sketches Hitler’s colonial wars for Lebensraum — in Poland, the Baltic states, and European Russia — showing how Ostkrieg (the war in the East) contained an in-built genocidal component which targeted Jewish and non-Jewish non-combatants.


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  • Carroll P. KakelIII
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  1. 1.Johns Hopkins University Centre for Liberal ArtsUSA

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