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Nicole Tomlinson Source C Question b) What impression of Kristallnacht does source C give? Explain your answer. (b) Source C is an account by David Buffman, the American Consul in Leipzig. Buffman was an American diplomat- his job was to be the eyes and ears of America in order to give America an impression of what was going on in Germany. Along with the fact that the account was written at the time- making it a primary source, this makes it a very reliable, as he would have no reason to lie because he was American and was therefore safe from the wrath of the Nazis' censorship. ...read more.

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Ernst von Roth was an official for the German Embassy in Paris and the Jewish man shot him dead on the basis of revenge for the mistreatment of his parents by the Nazis. Buffman goes on to say that the local people were 'obviously horrified by the Nazis' acts'; he is obviously accusing the Nazis of committing vile acts of vandalism and murder, which he conveys by using the general publics apparent views. Buffman then discloses how 'one reliable source' told him that the violence was committed by SS men and Stormtroopers 'not in uniform'; and that there had been 'no attempts made to put out the fires' of the Jewish burning buildings. ...read more.

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Buffman is suggesting in this source that Kristallnacht was planned, but the Nazis' are pretending it is spontaneous, which he conveys by claiming that the troops were 'not in uniform'. The 'transportation to concentration camps of male German Jews' would obviously have been planned beforehand- backing up Buffman's point that this was not a spontaneous attack. Source C gives the impression that Kristallnacht was not a spontaneous attack on the Jews, although the Nazis' wanted the public to think so, in order to prevent themselves seeming corrupt or 'hideous'. This suggests conspiracy, as the public were kept in the dark from the truth about the real reasons of Kristallnacht, which was a massive landmark in their own history. ...read more.

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