Wartime and Resettlement VoMi
On 6 October 1939, shortly after Germany's annihilation of Poland, Hitler stood before the Reichstag and proclaimed that with the recent victory, Germany's territorial demands had been satisfied and that he was henceforth interested only in peace. As evidence of his peaceful intentions, he solemnly announced that he would shortly resettle the remaining Germans of eastern Europe to the Reich and its newly acquired territories, thereby eliminating a potential source of friction and conflict.1 The Nazi party newspaper, the Völkischer Beobachter, hailed his proposal as the "Magna Carta" of the European east.2
Although it is doubtful that Hitler's resettlement program will ever match the Magna Carta in lasting historical importance, it held great significance for Heinrich Himmler as well as for his "auxiliaries," the Volksdeutsche Mittelstelle and the Volksdeutsche of Europe. Indeed, with the inception of the program, the paths of the Reichsföhrer SS and the Volhynian Volksdeutsche began converging toward Przemysl.
The resettlement presented Himmler not only with another opportunity to extend his authority over the Volksdeutsche of Europe but also with prospects for launching the new racial order -- his most cherished goal. As for the Volksdeutsche designated for resettlement, it would now be their turn to serve the Reich. First, they would serve Hitler by accepting relocation in the interest of his foreign policy. And second,