A German plan for the partition of the Sovet Union (May, 1941)

In the months before the German invasion of the Soviet Union the German leaders disussed many plans for the future of their conquered territories The vision of Germany being able to obtain a most limitless grain from Ukraine oil from the Caucasus raw materials from the Urals and coal and cotton from Turkestan stimulated German territorial speculation This map shows one such plan drawn up by the Nazi ideologist Alfred Rosenberg in May 1941.

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“Maps are like campfires – everyone gathers around them, because they allow people to understand complex issues at a glance, and find agreement about how to help the land.”