Lebensraum and the Final Solution
At the beginning of Hitler’s takeover of Germany, he had talked of the lebensraum or living space out to the East. By developing this living space, would also allow for Hitler to complete another task which was getting rid of the Jews: “Hitler had emphasized that this land would be found in the east, and the Nazis were so eager to put their racial plans into practice…”(1) By establishing land in the east or lebensraum meant the opportunity to give Germans more land, but also free up other land getting rid of the Jews.
This idea of lebensraum helped lead to what was called the final solution, which was to get rid or exterminate the jewish population: “The war and the annihilation of Jews became interrelated, for two reasons. One of Hitler’s objectives was to achieve Lebensraum in the Soviet Union. Since he had always associated Soviet bolshevism with the Jews, it made sense to destroy the enemy wherever he could be found.” (2). As the Germans pushed east, and especially when they launched Operation Barbosa—attack on the Soviet Union—the coordination of the final solution began. Various special strike forces—einsatzgruppen—were ordered to hunt down Jews and kill them in which they found the best solution was to put them in specially constructed death camps.
Hitler’s want for more living space and a Aryan-pure population were big factors in leading up the final solution. The expansion to the East for the living space, resulted in the Germans coming across, and then exterminating more Jews. Although the Germans had already begun to derogate and punish the Jews in Germany, without the want for living space, the numbers may have not been as drastic as they were
 Jackson J. Spielvogel and David Redless, “Hitler and Nazi Germany… pg 224.
(2) Spielvogel and Redless, 255.
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