| A lunatic Chaplin imitator|
and his greatest fans
|First as tragedy|
|Then as farce|
Lebensraum, literally meaning "living space" in German,[note 1] was a major policy of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany in the 1930s and 1940s. The basic policy was that the German people needed "living space" in Eastern Europe to repopulate the land with Germanic people. Lebensraum was the ideological motivation behind Hitler's territorial expansion eastwards. The eventual goal of the policy was to create a strong agrarian middle class of loyal Germans by granting veterans farmland in the new territories, simultaneously suppressing the local people and weakening the labor movement.
- Amusingly, Lebensraum could even more literally be translated "living room", suggesting that Hitler embarked on his genocidal conquest of Eastern Europe out of a desire for a larger parlour. However, it should be noted that the Berghof, Hitler's private residence in Bavaria, had a very spacious and well-decorated living room, and his private apartment in Munich had a nice living room as well. Contrary to rumours that Hitler was asexual, he and Eva Braun liked to screw on the couch. Yes, really.