VoMi and the Minorities, II The Baltic, the Southeast, the West, and the Soviet Union
With the exception of the South Tyroleans and the Carpathian Germans, the Volksdeutsche discussed so far achieved their principal revisionist goals of unifying their homelands with the Reich and joining the main body of the Volk as Reich citizens. Hitler's expansive foreign policy happened to coincide with their revisionist expectations. But with a few exceptions, for the rest of Europe's Volksdeutsche -- those living in the Baltic States, southeastern Europe, the west, and the Soviet Union -- their hopes for some sort of unification with the Reich did not materialize, either in the prewar period or even during the war years. Hitler's short-range goals did not correspond with their wishes. And his ultimate, long-range objectives, although envisioning the eventual unification of all Germans in the new order, did not conform to the revisionism they had in mind.
Shortly after the destruction of Poland, the Baltic Germans of Estonia and Latvia came into prominence. Their ancestors, German crusaders