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History Coursework Assignment 2, Question D Source F is a cartoon from a Russian newspaper on the 10th of November which is the day after the destructions, and source G is a cartoon about Kristallnacht published in a British magazine on the 30th of November. Because source F is published in a Russian newspaper the day after the event, they have just heard what has happened so they don't even know if it was the Nazis, they are just giving their opinion. Because source G is written by the British it is likely to be more neutral than the Russians, it is also written on the 30th of November so it means the British have had time to find out more about what happened and get a more accurate bit of information. The cartoon in source F shows the Russians immediate reactions to what happened, they think straight away that the Nazis were responsible for the destruction and think they have made a big mistake. The cartoon has a man in the top corner, this represents Tsar Nicholas II who, during his reign (1894-1917) ...read more.


In the background of the picture is fire, this is representing the fires that the Nazis started in Synagogues. The man at the back of the picture is a Nazi and is holding a weapon in his hand and standing next to a body which is likely to be a Jew he has just killed; this is showing that they think the Nazis are responsible for Kristallnacht. At the front of the picture there is a women who is tied up and represents the German people, women are not as strong as men so this might have been the reason why a women was used instead of a man, the women is also tied up which make her even less powerful and capable of doing anything, it is showing that the German people knew what was going on but they couldn't do anything about it. Next to the women on the floor, there are some weapons, a shield and a sword, this may have been put here to make it seem like these are the German peoples weapons and they want to defend the Jews but they can't because they are not allowed to and are not as powerful as the Nazis. ...read more.


In source G, it does not have any pictures in that would suggest the Nazis have made a mistake, it is concentrating more on the fact that the Nazis were to blame for what happened and the German people did not do anything and can not either because they are being stopped by the Nazis and they are to scared to, this source does know the official version of what happened. The two sources are quite similar, but not to a great extent because the only major similarity that they have is the fact that the Nazis are blamed for the attacks, but the sources are trying to get across two different messages, the message source F is mainly trying to get across is that the Nazis have made a mistake from doing what the have done and something could happen to them, and the message source G is trying to get across is that the Germans were responsible for the destruction and attacks on the Jews and the German people were not responsible and could not do anything about what happened. ...read more.

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