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The Beer Hall Putsch

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The Beer Hall Putsch Coursework 1) Source A, which is an eyewitness account of events in the burgerbraukeller on 8th November 1923; note this man was a member of the nazi party but left in 1930. This tells us that Hitler was in control over all the people inside, and also that they were scared of him. You learn that people are excited, or at any rate, confused, when Hitler enters, shown by the huge uproar. We learn that Hitler had lots of protection with the steel-helmeted men and his heavily armed bodyguard. I think this passage shows what respect and control Hitler had over people. Hitler lead with aggression, firing revolver shots at the ceiling to demand silence and also 'elbowing his way through the crowd', he was a very powerful man. 2) A) Source B looks like a cool, calm, orderly meeting, with Hitler talking to a group of settled, attentive people. Everyone is seated and Hitler seems to have no big aggressive bodyguards. Source A on the other hands gives the impression of a big brawl of people all shouting, screaming and pushing around. Hitler appears to be guarded, armed and aggressive. In source A it seems as if he is trying to scare people, whilst in Source B he looks as if he I just talking to people and trying amicably to get across his point. B) ...read more.

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The fact that it includes the quote of what he apparently said, makes it obvious that the source is strongly trying to influence you and make you think of Hitler in a good way. This is probably because it was written in 1934, and by the Nazi party. Hitler was still in great power at this time, and anyone saying a bad word about Hitler was usually killed, which would definitely influence the author. Sources G and H disagree with this representation of Hitler. Source G suggests he wasn't even planning to participate in the march, as he wanted to flee the country. It makes Hitler out to be cowardly. It suggests that he "Flung himself to the ground", and says that even after the march, it still, "did not prevent him from running", none of this is meant to make you look at Hitler in a good light. As it was published outside Germany, the author could be much more honest than the author of Source F. Source H is trying to stay unbiased, as it's written by a historian, and he is trying to stick to the facts. But all sources are slightly biased, and this one still says that Hitler shouted "Surrender", which could be interpreted as him being cowardly. ...read more.

Conclusion

I know this didn't happen, and the whole plan failed. Source E is very much in agreement with the statement, and he seems to say that he considers most men at that time in his position were very impressionable, and that Hitler's speeches mesmerised people, and turned them to his cause. This would suggest that the events did increase their influence. Source F suggests that Hitler was a courageous and amazing man, but doesn't really say much about how big a political impact it had. Source G suggests that the events didn't have much of an impact, as Hitler was planning on fleeing even after the events of the 8th, although, this source is probably not very reliable, as it was written by a member of an opposing party at the time. Source H is like source F in the sense that, it doesn't really agree or disagree with the statement, its pretty fair in its judgements, and is mainly just talking about the events, not their effects. Sources I and J are both from Hitler's trial, which I know Hitler used greatly to his advantage in publishing the beliefs of the Nazi party, and had a big impact on the influence of Hitler. Source K shows that 1 big effect of the Munich Putsch was to encourage Hitler to try and gain power through legal methods, as he finally realised, forced power wouldn't get him to high power. I know this approach eventually worked much better for him. ...read more.

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