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Kristallnacht was a spontaneous event by the German people, how far do these sources support this claim?

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History Coursework ( f ) Kristallnacht was a spontaneous event by the German people, how far do these sources support this claim? If I evaluate the sources from different historians in order to discover their different opinions, I will be able to conclude if the German people were responsible for Kristallnacht. I have evaluated nine different sources in which people have written/drawn about the causes of Kristallnacht. By looking at the different sources I can look into which ones I agree with; B, D and I. '...Were not to be organized by the party'- a quote from source B, from this source we are able to see it is blaming the German people for Kristallnacht. However, this source is not very reliable being very vague. Due to the fact the writer is anonymous; they were able to write what they wanted.. Source D implies Jewish people were made to feel uncomfortable and unwelcome by the German people when it quotes, 'unrest among the masses'. ...read more.


If he had released it closer to the time and got found out, he would have been killed. Source C is written by an American living in a German town called Leipzig. He claims Kristallnacht is the Nazi's fault, police provided them with tools such as axes, firebombs and ladders, tools good enough to rob houses. He also tells us the fire brigade made no attempt to put out the fires and knew which houses contained German people, preventing them from being in danger. As the fire brigade knew exactly what fires to put out, the attack couldn't have been spontaneous. This source is only set in one city, yet still reliable. A 'true report' is presented to us in source E, by a civil servant. He mentions the fact police provided the Nazis with tools good enough to rob a house. He also says a list of Jewish shops and flats were provided, this is how the fire brigade knew where the Jews lived. ...read more.


Source H was by a Nazi who surprisingly blames the Nazis. A man in charge of the economic plan to prepare Germany for war called Goerring, blames Goebbels for Kristallnacht. He says it was an act to get back into Hitlers good books, but even Hitler himself liked it, he apparently made an apology for him. In conclusion, sources A,E and H continue to disagree with the opinion that Nazis are responsible for Krisallnacht yet are inside Germany. A huge amount of belief must be in order for a Nazi to blame one of his fellow Nazis unless they only blame them to prevent themselves from being shot. In Germany, Nazis became a much hated race. On the other hand, there are still some sources that blame the German people but these sources appear to be extremely ambiguous. Several sources outside of Germany blamed the Nazis i.e. the illustrated sources which came from Russia and Britain. Being Germanys enemies, it comes to a surprise that they blame the Nazis. More to the point, sources written by Nazis, blaming their own race, lead us to disbelief. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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