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To what extent is the account of the police chief in Source A supported by Van de Lubbes confession is Source B?

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Question 1 Study Sources A and B To what extent is the account of the police chief in Source A supported by Van de Lubbes confession is Source B? Explain you answer. Source A is an account by Rudolf Diels written after the Second World War. Rudolf Diels was the head of the Prussian political police. Source B is a confession Van de Lubbe made at his trial in 1933. In Source B Van de Lubbe makes the statement "I set fire to the Reichstag all by myself". He is taking all the blame for setting fire to the Reichstag, he clearly states that contrary to what some believed, he acted alone, without help from any other people. ...read more.

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Diels explains how easy it would have been for Van de Lubbe to set fire to the Reichstag. Diels believed Van de Lubbe could have "rushed through the big corridors with his burning shirt which he had used as a torch to start more fires", this explanation sounds very believable. Diels describes Van de Lubbe as a "madman"; a "madman" may quite happily set fire to the Reichstag. However there are also a lot of ways in which source A is not supported by Van de Lubbe's confession in Source B. Diels tells us that the night of the fire he interviewed Van de Lubbe and found several "communists pamphlets". This suggests he was a supporter of the communists. ...read more.

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Hitler uses the word "criminals" which is the plural of "criminal" so according to Hitler there was more than one person behind this crime. In conclusion, to a certain extent the account of the police chief (Source A) does agree with Van de Lubbe's confession in Source B. Reasons why the sources agree include the fact that Van de Lubbe was exhausted and Van de Lubbe been described as a madman. However there are ways Source A is not supported by Source B. There is a lot of information in Source A that doesn't appear in Source B, such as details about exactly how Van de Lubbe may have committed the arson. Although Diels seems to believe Van de Lubbe, the quotes from Goering and Hitler suggest that the communists were responsible for the fire and that there was more than one person involved. History Reichstag Fire Coursework ...read more.

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