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  • proper n. Territories considered appropriate for German annexation, regarded as vital for the natural flourishing of the German race:

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  • n. space sought for occupation by a nation whose population is expanding


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From the German Lebensraum ("living space"), from Lebens ("of life") (the genitive of Leben ("life")) + Raum ("space").


  • "Lebensraum" is the right to live, means one thing and one thing only, it means a world in which Germans may live and others may not live.


  • Long before the word Lebensraum was coined, empires had contended for new places to settle, new people to tax.

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  • It was at the same time an early version of the idea of Lebensraum—living space—which Friedrich Ratzel, Karl Haufshofer, and Adolf Hitler subsequently propounded.

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  • At the same time, they sought to opennew fields of exploitation—what in Germany came to be called Lebensraum living space.

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  • "Lebensraum," once applied to the conquered lands in the East, is now an ecologically correct moniker for niches reserved for toads and other endangered species.

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  • So this was basically a "Lebensraum" argument like the one the Germans tried earlier in the century.


  • And, unless the author is endorsing some variant of the Nazi idea of "Lebensraum," he cannot mean that the murder of the Jews created room for the Muslims -- that there wouldn't have been space for the Muslims if the Jews had not been annihilated.

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  • Or the guys who insist on maintaining a certain "Lebensraum" for Americans?

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  • They were having what -- based on what Hitler said, too, in World War II, "Lebensraum," they wanted more -- more land.

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  • "Lebensraum", which for me has always colored the song "Room To Live" to the point that the simple country song seems extremely ominous in an abstruse manner.

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