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Konrad Meyer (1901-1973)

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Daniel Bovy

March 2009

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Daniel Bovy, Meyer (1901-1973), Konrad , Online Encyclopedia of Mass Violence, [online], published on 18 March 2009, accessed 31 July 2014, URL : http://www.massviolence.org/Meyer-1901-1973-Konrad, ISSN 1961-9898

Specialist in agricultural matters, Meyer was responsible for planning developed by the RKF (Reich Commissioner for the consolidation of German nationhood) ruled by Himmler. Himmler’s plans foresaw that within 50 years, at least 20 million German colonists would settle up in the Western territories of occupied Poland. In January and February 1940, Meyer sketched the premises of a settlement project. At the beginning of 1941, the RKF staff presented an exhibition that was visited by the Nazi elite (Bormann, Bouhler, Hoess, Ley and Todt) on Himmler’s demand. Nevertheless, the RKF was not the only one that was busy with such projects because in the same year, the General Plan East was launched by Ehrard Wetzel. Another dimension was taken into account when Wetzel proposed during a meeting that it might be interesting to get rid of all the unwanted people using slave work. The trial of the Reich security services condemned Meyer to two and a half year prison. Although he was condemned, Meyer became professor at the University of Hanover. He stayed there from 1956 to 1964. He died on April 25, 1973.

RÖSSLER, M., 1993, Konrad Meyer und der „Generalplan Ost“ in der Beurteilung der Nürnberger Prozesse. In: „Der Generalplan Ost“: Hauptlinien der nationalsozialistischen Planungs- und Vernichtungspolitik. Berlin, Schriften der Hamburger Stiftung für Sozialgeschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts, Akad.-Verlag, pp. 356-368.
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