Hitler’s ultimate goals were the elimination of Jews and the conquest of living space in the east for Germany. He believed that Germany had to conquer a vast continental empire in the east so as to secure for Germans their place in the world as members of a “master race.”
Soviet Prisoners of War
The German army (Wehrmacht) captured about 5.7 million Soviet military personnel during World War II.
More than 3 million Soviet POWs died during internment in German camps.
About 1 million joined with the Germans serving in auxiliary forces of the army and also with the SS.
About 1 million escaped from Germany custody and joined partisan forces fighting behind the front in the East.
The remaining Soviet POWs survived the war in German custody.