• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

History Sourcework - What impression of Kristallnact does Source C give? Explain your answer

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

History Sourcework: Question B What impression of Kristallnact does Source C give? Explain your answer Source C was written by David Buffman, the American consul based in Leipzig. The account he gives derives from what he saw himself and from interviews that he carried out. As an American diplomat he represented America and all its values- democracy, freedom of speech etc. He would have been posted to Germany for probably the last 3-4 years meaning that he witnessed the build up of anti-Semitism and the anti-Semitic laws passed in Germany. In this time he would have met a lot of the Germans in the Diplomat service and gained insight into the German government and its propaganda machine, finding things that were not published into the censored newspapers that the government controlled. ...read more.

Middle

These words make the events seem even worse than they were, the language is used in a deliberate way to infer that it was not a spontaneous event, sympathy for the Jews from the public caused fury amongst the Nazi's'. This damning account also recollects how 'the most hideous part of this so called 'spontaneous' action was the arrest and transportation to concentration camps of male German Jews'. The tone of the piece is very judgmental in he way it uses the terms 'hideous' and 'violence'. It does give the impression however of the terror that this night inspired represented within the smouldering Jewish synagogues, shops and houses. The account almost mocks the Germans in its sarcastic use of language, ''the so called 'spontaneous' action'' and the way in which he directly quotes from the newspapers ' the cowardly Jewish murder'. ...read more.

Conclusion

Therefore all the people he interviewed may have been of one mind not giving a true picture of the current situation in Germany. All in all this piece of text infers that the Nazi Party was responsible for the events as it sent it's agents out to perpetrate the actions that resulted in the death of 91 Jews and over 20,000. The text claims that the SS and SA were carrying out the attacks and burning while the police and fire service who were also directly controlled by the State under the totalitarian regime. If the Nazi Party ordered the SA and SS to burn the buildings it stands to logic that the fire service and police were also under orders of their own. This is what in the end is inferred by the account. This version of events is backed up by Source A, which in my earlier essay I decided was fairly reliable. J.Harratt ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Germany 1918-1939 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Germany 1918-1939 essays

  1. IGCSE History Coursework Assignment B - Source Analysis of the Reichstag Fire

    He was found half naked in a burning shirt running across the corridors of the building. This was when the Reichstag officials caught him. There was a clear proof that Lubbe was seen 'half-burned'. The source claimed that with a burning shirt, it is much easier to set a big fire.

  2. Nazi Sourcework

    The Nazi targeted women during their rule because to achieve his goals Hitler needed to have vast numbers of loyal Germans prepared to fight for him, therefore, women were an important part of his plan because he needed to increase Germany's population.

  1. Modern World History Coursework - Reichstag Sourcework

    2. How reliable is this account? Explain your answer using the source and your own knowledge. Source A is an account by the head of the Prussian political police. Although the account he gives is very detailed, there are some major concerns when using it as a primary source.

  2. GCSE History Coursework: Reichstag Fire 1) ...

    This book is quite clearly to do with a Communist rebellion, and depicts Van der Lubbe, a Communist himself, at the scene of the Reichstag fire with his armed Communist comrades protecting him. The book is promising uprisings like this to come in a 'revolution' of the Communists, and is designed to make people fear the Communists.

  1. What impression of 'Kristallnacht' does source c give? Explain your answer.

    David Buffman was an eyewitness of 'Kristallnacht' and has interviewed many people concerning it. At the time, Buffman had a high status in society and this implies that one should not lie so openly. The account by him is not biased and shows both sides of the story.

  2. History Sourcework - 'Kristallnact was a spontaneous event by the German People' How far ...

    This means that this report was write for an unknown purpose, and then altered to fit in with the Nazi view on Kristallnact, which was that it was a spontaneous event caused by the German People. The second option in which the idea that the rioting was ordered by Hitler is found in sources C, F and G.

  1. History Sourcework - Do Sources D and E make it more or less likely, ...

    If he is referring to the 10th of November there is no account for the 9th and the build up of the Anti-Semitic laws within Germany. He does not say how the SS and SA received there housebreaking tools or who gave them the tools and their orders; this leads

  2. Germany 1916-1945 revision notes.

    Because of this other countries would refuse to give food or hike prices. Germany would need to get more money but they couldn?t because there raw materials had been taken. They couldn?t sell products because countries would not want German products.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work