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"Source D, written by the British Journalist, is a more reliable account of the Reichstag Fire than source E written by the German, Rauschning." To what extent do you agree with this statement?

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Question One: Study sources D and E. "Source D, written by the British Journalist, is a more reliable account of the Reichstag Fire than source E written by the German, Rauschning." To what extent do you agree with this statement? I partly agree with this statement, as in source D, the British Journalist is repeating Hitler's exact words. The fact that these words were said while they were walking side by side indicates there was friendship between them, he was speaking to him as a companion. The only doubt in the reliability this source would be the fact that it was so strange for them to be friends as the journalist was British and Hitler was German. It maybe a genuine friendship or it could be Hitler's way of getting false information (propaganda) ...read more.

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But, it was published outside of Germany, which could mean that it was the truth and because of the restrictions the Nazis put on the books that were published, it might have been all the truth, and the Nazis would not let it be published in Germany as they were scared people would find out the truth and they would look bad. In both these sources, it is evident that the author has had strong connections with Hitler either at present or in the past, but both at the time just after the Reichstag fire. They both agree on one thing, who Hitler believed was responsible for the fire. In source E, it is suggested that Hitler knew that it was the National Socialist leadership who were 'solely' responsible for the fire, that he Hitler had known of the plan and had approved of it. ...read more.

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Conclusion Overall, I think source D is the most reliable source as it is Hitler himself speaking, it is his exact words as he spoke them, whereas in source E, it maybe true but there is also a possibility it is just idle gossip. Although these men were quite close to Hitler and high in rank, there is no significant proof that Hitler actually said this, it is just what these men say he said, There may be some truth in it, but if Hitler spoke them and they got passed on, it could've been done abet like Chinese whispers, where the truth was altered slightly, the truth twisted as each person was told. Because source D was written by a journalist, he could be very objective, so it is very reliable and as he is British, he was totally independent of the situation. ...read more.

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