Since winning World War II, Hitler had a few revolutionary proposals for Western Europe, but they were nothing relative to what he had planned for Russia and Eastern Europe. His plans for this part of the world were ruthless, if not downright evil, and he was probably insane.
Lebensraum was a key component of the “Master Plan for the East,” and it was one of the main pillars of Nazi expansionist policy. All native Slavic people will be eventually killed or enslaved under this plan. This included Poles, Ukrainians, Russians, and all other Slavic peoples that were deemed inferior to Aryans by Nazi ideology. They were treated as disposable and they were seen as a genetically inferior race.
Hitler And His Notorious Plans
Operation Barbarossa, Germany’s strategy for invading the Soviet Union during World War II, was focused on the conquest and capturing of territories up to the “general line Volga-Archangelsk” as the first step of the operation. This imaginary route, known as the A-A Line, was supposed to run from Arkhangelsk, a White Sea port city, in the north to Astrakhan, on the Caspian Sea, in the south.
These eastern territories were supposed to be divided into four “Reichskommissariats,” each governed by a Reichskommissar (Commissioner). Russia will be its own Commissariat, known as Reichskommissariat Russland; however, the name was later changed to Reichskommissariat Moskowien, and the country was dubbed Moskau (Moscow). Since the Nazi High Command was worried that administering these eastern territories would be complex and sensitive, Hitler demanded that the Reichskommissars report to and be accountable only to him.
However, due to military coup attacks, it was planned that Moscow would be completely ruined, with its 4 million inhabitants slaughtered. A man-made lake was included in Hitler’s new plans, which would forever submerge the prominent Russian region. To do so, parts of the Moscow-Volga Canal will be destroyed. As part of the assault on Moscow, the dam networks were captured and taken care of. He revealed his views and plans for the division of the Eastern territory at a press conference on July 16th, 1941.
Soviet soldiers and the bitter cold of the colossal nations’ Arctic winters finally pushed Nazi armies out of Russia. The Nazis were eventually driven down by epic battles like the Battle of Stalingrad. The Russian government estimates that more than 26 million people died in the Soviet wars. When the United States joined the European war, Hitler was met with a violent counterattack drive from both sides, which resulted in the capture of Berlin.
Russia celebrated its victory over the Nazis with a huge parade in Moscow.