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How useful is source A to a historian in explaining the nazi treatment of the jes in the occupied territories 1941-45?

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How useful is Source A to a historian in explaining the Nazi treatment of the Jews in the occupied territories 1941-45? Use source A and the knowledge from your studies to explain your answer. Source A is extremely useful in explaining the Nazi treatment of Jews in the occupied territories between 1941-45. The sources shows that the Einsatzgruppen humiliated the Jews before killing them. They forced the Jews to kneel beside the dead corpses of their friends and family making sure their last moments were filled with heartache. The source is also useful as it shows the method of mass shooting that the Einsatzgruppen used. However Source A doesn't show the other methods of killing that the Einsatzgruppen used between 1941-45 including gas vans, ghettos and horrific extermination camps Hitler used in his "final solution". ...read more.

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This also applies to the fact that the source only displays one Einsatzgruppen and many acted in different ways. This means the source is insufficient in showing a whole picture of the Einsatzgruppen and their work. This also applies to the fact that the source only shows how the Einsatzgruppen treating males. The is source is photograph which makes it extremely useful as what we are seeing is completely accurate to what was happening at the time. For Instance, the ss soldiers in Source A are acting as spectators to the mans death in order to humiliate him and make him feel self-conscious. However many photographs are staged and used for government propaganda. ...read more.

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Source A is from 1941, I know this as the photograph is from Lithuania and Hitler didn't invade the Soviet Union until June 22nd 1941. I also know this as Hitler started his "final solution" in 1942 which saw the methods of killing shown in the photograph no longer used. This can make the source useful as it shows events from a year that the historian is studying. However it leaves out the last 3 years of the war which are crucial to many historians as the treatment of Jews became worst as the death camps like Belsen were set up. In conclusion Source A is quite useful to a historian as it clearly shows the Nazi treatment of Jews in an occupied territory in 1941. However, it doesn't provide information about other occupied territories from 1942 onwards which causes it to be less useful to a historian. ...read more.

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