"Volk ohne Raum" (A People Without Space) by Hans Grimm

"Volk ohne Raum" (A People Without Space) was the title of a widely read novel by Hans Grimm (1875-1959) that appeared in 1926. Although Grimm spoke up in this novel for classic colonial policies, the National Socialists borrowed the title as the slogan for propagating their expansion to the east within the ideology of living space. The feeling of "crampedness" and a "critical shortage of space" were symptoms of the crisis facing the Weimar Republic. The slogan "A People Without Space" thus fell upon fertile soil and won over many followers for the National Socialists.