Were the Nazis trying to kill off the people of the Soviet Union?

betgo

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Something like 70% of Soviet POWs didn't survive versus like 2% of British and US POWs taken by the Germans. The Soviets claimed huge numbers, like 20 million military and civilian deaths from the war.

Was there a German plan to kill off a large part of the population of the western Soviet Union, and move in Germans to replace them? Was this part of Hitler's racial theory? How much was this implemented?
 

Pillbox city

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Jul 2012
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Hitler thought the Slavs of Eastern Europe were inferior to his Aryan race so naturally, they would treat any one from a Slav country (Russia, Poland etc.) like crap. He attacked Russia for 1. To make "living space" for the Germans, 2. Hitler hated commies
 
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Jan 2014
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Something like 70% of Soviet POWs didn't survive versus like 2% of British and US POWs taken by the Germans. The Soviets claimed huge numbers, like 20 million military and civilian deaths from the war.
Like 27 millions indeed.

Was there a German plan to kill off a large part of the population of the western Soviet Union, and move in Germans to replace them?
Yes.
Was this part of Hitler's racial theory?
Yes.
How much was this implemented?
27 millions killed in like 4 years... amongst them 20-21 millions of civilians. Those were killed between 1941 and 1944 ; in 3 years... it gives you 7 millions a year. Ussr pop was like 194 millions. In less than 30 years, Ussr could be emptied of its entire pop.
Hitler wanted to settle the conquered land, but not before the war was won.
 
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In the case of Leningrad, it was to be obliterated.
Naval Staff Berlin Skl Ia 1601/41l g.Kdos. Chefs. 29 Sep. 1941

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Re: The future of Leningrad


I. In order to obtain a clear view of the measures tc be adopted by the Navy in ease Leningrad should be occupied or handed over, the ques­tion of further military operations against this city was made clear by the Chief of Staff, Naval Staff to the Armed Forces High Command.The result is reported as follows:
II. The Fuehrer has decided to have Leningrad wiped from the face of the earth, the further esHtenee of this large town is of no interest once Soviet Russia is overthrown. Finland has also similarly declared no interest in the continued existence of the city directly on her new frontier.
III. The original demands of the Navy that the shipyard, harbor, and other installations vital to the Navy be preserved are known to the Armed Forces High Command, but in view of the basic principles under­lying the operation against Leningrad it is not possible to comply with them.
IV. The intention is to close in on the city and blast it to the ground by bombardments of artillery of all calibres and by continuous air at­tacks .Requests that the city may be handed over, arising from the situation within, will he turned down, for the problem of the survival of the pop­ulation and of supplying it with food is one which cannot and should not be solved by us. In tHis war for existence, we have no Interest in keeping even part of this great city's population. If necessary, a forceful evacuation towards the eastern territories of Russia should take place.

V. The consequences arising from the extinction of Leningrad and re­lating to the measures for organization and personnel, already carried out or held in readiness, will be worked out at the Armed Forces High Command and the corresponding guiding principles will then be made known. If there are any suggestions on this subject at Group Command, it is requested that they be forwarded at the earliest possible moment to the Naval Staff.
Naval Staff​
 
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Hitler's program was to make the Aryan race dominant over other inferior races, Slavs included; this may explain why, after the Wermacht troops were welcomed like liberators by Ukrainian population, putting in practise the Alfred Rosenberg program agains local slavic population provoked the unpopularity of the German occupying forces; invasion of Eastern Europe was part of a general project, aimed to create a millenary Reich, where the remnants "inferior" slavic races were to be confined beyond the Urals (in this border, the Aryan race should have kept its more warrior charachteristics to fight these surviving race). Hitler thought invading Russia was a joke (considering them as inferior), and that would have kept his forces occupied for some months...things got different.
 
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starman

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Was there a German plan to kill off a large part of the population of the western Soviet Union, and move in Germans to replace them?
The plan was to deprive the Russian population of food. They were to be left to starve or, if they could, to emigrate to Siberia (which the Germans didn't plan to take).
 
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The Russians held German POW's till like the 1950's many of them died in captivity. Soviets weren't civiled. Germans released their POW's on Wars end.
 

Maribat

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The Russians held German POW's till like the 1950's many of them died in captivity. Soviets weren't civiled. Germans released their POW's on Wars end.
Germans were forced to release them for they lost the war that they started. See the difference?
 
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Was there a German plan to kill off a large part of the population of the western Soviet Union, and move in Germans to replace them?
Yes there was such a plan. Except that apart from killing off people, other kinds of actions were also included - such as deporting part of them behind the Urals, Germanizing part of them, turning part of them into servants of German settlers, etc. Hitler planned to increase the number of Germans in Europe to 250 million by year 2000. Hans Ehlich (1901-1991) was one of people who participated in planning of the Generalplan Ost. He proposed that during the first 30 years 10 million Germans should be settled in conquered eastern territories (1/3 million each year).

Was this part of Hitler's racial theory? How much was this implemented?
Those were long term plans - full implementation was going to take several dozen years after Germany's victory in WW2.

As you know Germany's victory in WW2 never happened, so they had not enough time to complete their plans.