The Nazi Concept of 'Volksdeutsche' and the Exacerbation of Anti-Semitism in Eastern Europe, 1939-45

@article{Bergen1994TheNC,
  title={The Nazi Concept of 'Volksdeutsche' and the Exacerbation of Anti-Semitism in Eastern Europe, 1939-45},
  author={Doris L. Bergen},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary History},
  year={1994},
  volume={29},
  pages={569 - 582}
}
  • D. Bergen
  • Published 1 October 1994
  • History
  • Journal of Contemporary History
Hitler himself supposedly coined the definition of 'Volksdeutsche' that appeared in a 1938 memorandum of the German Reich Chancellery. The Volksdeutsche, that document rather blandly explained, were people whose 'language and culture had German origins' but who did not hold German citizenship.' But for Hitler and other Germans of the 1930s and 1940s, the term 'Volksdeutsche' also carried overtones of blood and race not captured in the English translation 'ethnic Germans'. According to German… 

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