The creation of such a tremendous fighting force

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The creation of such a tremendous fighting force required more resources though, and finding themselves utterly committed to the path of war the Nazis were forced to acquire more land in a piece-meal fashion towards the later years of the thirties. In order to gain these lands the Germans turned to national self determination, or the concept that a person should be able to decide to which nation they belong. The Nazis encouraged Germans that lived in surrounding nations to demand to be allowed to self determine. In this fashion, as well as cohesion they gained the Sudetenland, Austria, and soon all of Czechoslovakia. These acquisitions made it clear to the world that Hitler and the Nazis could not be reasoned with. The ambitions of the Nazis seemed limitless, and this was only made more apparent when the Nazis began making moves on Poland. Britain and France make it clear to to the Nazis that if he attempts to seize any territory from Poland it will mean war. These warnings go unheeded, and after signing the Molotov-Ribbentrop with the Soviets, a non-aggression pact that also divided Poland between the Nazis and Soviets, the Nazis went to war with Poland. The devastating force of both the Nazis and the Soviets quickly shattered the Polish army, and Poland found itself occupied.
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It is at this point that the Nazi racial ideology comes to the forefront of decision making, and so an examination of their racial policy becomes necessary. The Nazi racial ideology was one that created a racial hierarchy with Aryan Germans at the top, Jews at the bottom, and everyone else also towards the bottom. Within this hierarchy they espoused the importance of complete racial purity. Uncorrupted bloodlines, those not tainted by racial mixing, were held in the absolute highest regard. To ensure the continuation of these bloodlines and to protect the racial integrity of the German people was perhaps the greatest aim of the Nazi regime. In the name of this lofty goal there was no act that could not be justified, and nothing that the Nazis would not resort to. Their path to this racial paradise free of all contaminating elements begins with a series of eugenic laws. Eugenics is the practice of attempting to control the expression of traits within a population, and for the Nazis it was a wonderful way to protect racial integrity and strengthen the German people. When the Nazis came to political power they would institute a series of compulsory sterilization laws designed to prevent any unfit traits from continuing to plague the German people. Hundreds of thousands were sent before medical courts, and a majority found themselves sterilized under these new laws. The list of those eligible for sterilization was long and often
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