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In darker colours, Polish territories annexed by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, with semi-colonial General Government in light yellow (centre)

German-occupied Poland during World War II consisted of two major parts with different types of administration. Polish areas annexed by Nazi Germany following the Invasion of Poland at the beginning of World War II, nearly a quarter of the entire territory of the Second Polish Republic, were placed directly under the German civil administration. The official term used by the Nazi authorities for these areas was the "incorporated Eastern territories" (German: Eingegliederte Ostgebiete).[1] They planned for a complete Germanization of the annexed territories, considering them part of their lebensraum.[2]

The rest of Nazi occupied Poland was renamed as the General Government district (German language: Generalgouvernement).[3]

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  1. The Avalon Project: Documents in Law, History, and Diplomacy. Nazi Conspiracy and Aggression Volume 1 Chapter XIII – Germanization and Spoliation. Yale Law School, Lillian Goldman Law Library. Avalon Project : Nazi Conspiracy and Aggression – Volume 1 Chapter XIII – Germanization and Spoliation
  2. "Poles: Victims of the Nazi Era Archived 2013-03-03 at the Wayback Machine."
  3. Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, "German Occupation of Poland" (Washington, D.C.: Dale Street Books, 2014), pp. 12-16.

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