Hitler was determined to extend Germany eastwards to make Germany a great continental power. Hitler’s policy, based on a racist ideology, planned to eliminate or enslave the population that stood in the way of the Reich. It was this determination that propelled the world into war. Hitler believed that the conquest territories including Poland, the Belarussian and Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republics, and the Baltic States “for the German people” was his destiny. See the story of Adolf Hitler’s War to the east.