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Why Did Kristallnacht Take Place.

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Assignment 2: Why Did Kristallnacht Take Place A) On the 7th of November 1938 Ernst von Roth a Nazi official was shot dead by a polish Jew who was seeking revenge for the mistreatment of his parents. The events after this took place was called Kristallnacht. On the 9th November Jewish homes businesses and synagogues were attacked all over Germany. There was a lot of controversy over who organised the attacks or if anyone organised the attacks at all. These two sources A and B would both be very useful for a historian writing about kristallnacht. They both give details on what happened but they are very contrasting. Source A is a summary of an account of Fritz Hesse's account of a dinner on the evening of 9th of November. Source A is a summary so you might not get all the detail of the actual account so the source could be missing some key facts. ...read more.

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really happened because the government to the German people the government would not lie in a secret document not meant for the German people's eyes. Source A seems very useful because it seems to be very truthful. It is a personal account so you will get some of that persons own views and opinions. Which is good or bad depending on the way you look at it. It is bad because you might not want opinions you might just want pure facts. It is good because you might want to get those opinions as well as the facts. The source tells us that Hesse saw and heard Goebbels whispering to Hitler about the mass attack on the Jews that he and the SA had planned to happen that night. You get some precise detail in source A especially on Hitler's reaction. Hesse remembers that 'Hitler squealed with delight and slapped his thigh with enthusiasm'. ...read more.

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Both sources say that Goebbels and Hitler were there. Both sources said there had been or was going to be attacks on Jewish businesses and synagogues. Source A was before the attacks and source B was after. Another agreement is that Hitler in both sources agreed to what Goebbels tells him. Which brings up the idea that even though Goebbels was out of favour with Hitler, Hitler still used his advice. Another agreement is that in both sources Hitler is happy about the attacks on the Jews. This is useful for the historian because if two contradicting sources say the same thing then it seems more likely to be the truth. The main disagreement is that source A tells us that Goebbels and the SA had organised the attacks but source B tells us that the attacks had started spontaneously. Both sources would be useful to a historian because the agreements between the two sources make them seem more truthful. But source A has to be the more useful source because it seems more reliable and truthful. It gives you more detail and facts. So source A is the more useful. ...read more.

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