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german slogan

A slogan adopted by German nationalists (especially Nazis) in the 1920s and 1930s to justify the need for German territorial expansion into E Europe. They argued that Germany was overpopulated, and needed more agriculturally productive land to guarantee future food supplies for an expanded German population. The slogan Drang nach Osten (‘drive towards the East’) was used to convey the same message.

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