• generalplan ost (english: master plan for the east) was a secret nazi plan for the colonization and exploitation of eastern europe. the plan called for the extermination, expulsion, or enslavement of most of the slavic populations of eastern europe, including poland, ukraine, belarus, and the soviet union. the plan was part of the broader nazi goal of creating lebensraum (living space) for the aryan race.

    the plan was developed by a group of nazi officials, led by heinrich himmler and including adolf eichmann and alfred rosenberg. it was presented to adolf hitler in 1941, and he gave his approval. however, the plan was never fully implemented due to the course of the war.

    the generalplan ost called for the extermination of around 31 million people, mostly slavs, but also including jews, roma, and other groups deemed undesirable by the nazi regime. the remaining population was to be used as slave labor to support the colonization of the region by german settlers. the plan also called for the destruction of many of the cities and cultural centers of eastern europe, as well as the forced relocation of millions of people.

    the plan was a key part of the nazi vision of a "new order" in europe, and it represented a fundamental rejection of the principles of international law and human rights. it was a major factor in the holocaust and other war crimes committed by the nazi regime.