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which of these sources would a historian studying kristallnacht find the more useful?

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History Coursework - which of these sources would a historian studying kristallnacht find the more useful? Looking at source A and considering not only its accuracy and reliability but also its provenance it is easy to see that this source is highly reliable. This is due to the writer and also cross referencing this account with various other sources. The writer, Fritz Hesse, was a journalist at during the reign of Hitler who worked for the Nazis. So not would a journalist be trained to pick up information and take notes of significant events, of which kristallnacht was one, he would also have had these notes to recall his memory when his account of the events was later written in 1954. ...read more.

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I also know from looking at other sources and information about the Nazis that it would have been impossible for this journalist to write that account in the Nazis reign for fear of being arrested and put into a concentration camp or being beaten and tortured. The source says that fritz wrote in his account what he heard on that night, this implies that he was there. He also says that the Nazis 'claimed it was spontaneous rioting', this says it was a planned attack that the Nazis tried to cover up and hide. ...read more.

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This source says that the riots had already begun when the news reached Goebbels and Hitler and it was decided that the demonstrations where 'not to be organized by the party, but neither where they to be discouraged if the started spontaneously'. This contradicts what is said in source A however the reliability of this source is far lower than source A. Looking at the 2 sources objectively I think that the first source would be more helpful due to the writer and from cross referencing it with my own knowledge and making a comparison. However I feel that source B is still very helpful because it can be used to show what the Nazis where trying to do and what image they wanted portrayed to the German people. ...read more.

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