Definition of Drang nach Osten in English:

Drang nach Osten

Pronunciation /ˈdräNG näk ˈästən/ /ˈdrɑŋ nɑk ˈɑstən/


  • The former German policy of eastward expansion, especially that espoused under Nazi rule.

    • ‘Due to the ongoing Drang nach Osten (push toward the East), which some considered the great accomplishment of the Germans in the Middle Ages, increasing German colonization removed characteristic Slavic customs, dress, and language.’


German, literally ‘pressure towards the east’.