Dr. Ing. Bruno Wasser from the German city of Cologne is an experienced architect, a city planner, and a researcher of Second World War history. For more than 14 years, Dr. Wasser, together with Professor Czeslaw Madajczyk from Warsaw, and Professor Gerhard Fehl from Aachen, has been researching Germany’s biggest spatial expansion plan in Central Europe – the so-called “Generalplan Ost.”

Prepared in the years of 1939-1942, Generalplan Ost (or in English Master Plan for the East) was the Nazi German government’s plan to attain Lebensraum (living space) for the Germans. Implementing the plan entailed the genocide and ethnic cleansing in the European territories occupied by Germany during World War II. It included the extermination of most Slavic people in Europe as well as colonization of Central and Eastern Europe. 20 million of ethnic Poles (80% of the whole population) were planned to be murdered or deported to Siberia from the areas destined for the settlement of Germans. The plan was supervised by Heinrich Himmler, Reichsführer of the Schutzstaffel and a leading member of the Nazi party (NSDAP). Although the plan was never fully realized due to the German defeat, the implementation of the plan went far enough to result in expropriations and resettlement of millions of people, in kidnappings and germanization of children, in millions of deaths of ethnic Slavs by extermination, starvation, and slave labor.

Dr. Ing. Wasser worked as an architect at the Technical University Cologne. Later, he was a city planner at the Rheinisch-Westfälischen Hochschule (RWTH), the largest technical university in Germany. For more than 40 years he has been running his own architecture firm and brought to life many successful projects like the Rösberg Castle or Manor Schillingsrott, the biggest manor in the city of Cologne. He has been working also as an honorary judge at the Finance Court in Cologne.

For his research on the “Generalplan Ost” he was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.

Dr. Ing. Wasser will present during the conference in Washington “The Master Plan for the East.”