Watson, in the first paragraph of Source 1, uses the newspaper quote to support the claim that Russian troops committed atrocities against German civilians Russian troops committed atrocities against German civilians
A. German propaganda portrayed the conflict with Russia as a defensive war German propaganda portrayed the conflict with Russia as a defensive war
B. parts of eastern Germany were occupied by Russian troops in the early stages of the war parts of eastern Germany were occupied by Russian troops in the early stages of the war
C. ordinary Germans were not genuinely afraid of the effects of a possible Russian invasion
Watson uses the newspaper quoted to believe that German propaganda portrayed the conflict with Russia as a defensive war. So the correct option is A.
What was the role of Russia in the partition of Germany?
When Germany surrendered in world war. There was a division of Germany into four-zone occupied by the Allies’ power. America, England, and France took control over two-third part of Germany it was called West Germany and the remaining part controlled the Soviet Union called East Germany.
On May 8, 1945 Germany officially surrendered to the Allied forces in what is now known as Victory in Europe (V-E) Day. This marked the end of World War II and finally put an end to Adolf Hitler’s reign of terror. For six long years the Allies had fought a bloody war against Nazi Germany, and at last it was over.
The surrender of Germany wasn’t just a symbolic event; it also had an immediate effect on the country itself. Following their defeat, Germany was divided into four occupation zones that were controlled by America, England, France, and the Soviet Union respectively. These zones constituted West Germany and East Germany respectively. The division of the country would remain in place for nearly half a century until reunification took place in 1990 with the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe.
In 1948 Russians blocked the supply of water, rail, road cargo to Berlin which was occupied by the Allies’ power. This incident was the beginning of the Cold war.
Therefore the correct option is A.