This source was chosen as it accurately and clearly depicts how Hitler went against the warnings issued to him by the European democracies that if he were to invade Poland, they would declare war on him. German troops are clearly seen invading Poland in trucks. From this source, we can imply that Hitler caused WW2 as he went against the warnings that were issued to him by the European Democracies, sparking WW2.
This source was chosen as it is a Caricature by Antonin Pelc, Czech cartoonist, 1937 and is hence reliable as the Czech Republic was not invaded by Hitler until 1938, and hence this drawing could not be a propaganda artwork. The source shows Hitler stretching his arms around the globe, shouting Lebensraum. Lebensraum in German means "Living space." This implies that Hitler believed that the amount of land in Germany was not enough and needed more territory. Hitler hence caused world war 2 by invading other countries to increase the territory Germany possessed.
I chose this source as it illustrates how Hitler is ignoring everything in his way, such as a traffic light and many signs, that represent the warnings given by the European Democracies. He continues forward on his tank with Swastika wheels and a fist at the front towards the end of a cliff, which suggests that Hitler is leading Germany to its demise at WW2. It shows how Hitler is being very foolish and ignoring the warnings by the European democracies, hence leading to the start of WW2. However, I believe that this source is biased as it was drawn by a British cartoonist, Sidney "George" Strube, in 1939, a few months before WW2 started. This could have been to mock Hitler for being so foolish as to lead Germany into a war that he caused. Britain is on the side of the European Democracies, and hence this source is unreliable as it only considers one side of the cause of WW2.
I chose this source as it is a direct translation of Hitler's last Political Testament, written shortly before his suicide. It suggests that although Hitler was extremely racist, he did not believe that he was the cause of WW2, as he mentioned in his last testament, "It is untrue that I or anyone else in Germany wanted the war in 1939. It was desired and instigated exclusively by those international statesmen who were either of Jewish descent or worked for Jewish interests. I have made too many offers for the control and limitation of armaments, which posterity will not for all time be able to disregard for the responsibility for the outbreak of this war to be laid on me. I have further never wished that after the first fatal world war a second against England, or even against America, should break out." This suggests that Hitler did not want to go to war, and this source is reliable as it was written shortly before his suicide, and Hitler would have no intention of trying to win over anyone's support by then. as it would be of no use to him, and hence it would be the honest truth, making this source reliable.
I chose this source as it clearly illustrates how the Allies were the push that caused Germany to go to war. The source shows a man labeled Germany, on a diving board labeled Peace Discussions, looking scared. There is a hand labeled Allies behind Germany, pushing him off the diving board into the water below. This suggests that the Allies forced Germany to go to war, as the hand is pushing Germany off the Peace Discussions diving board, ignoring his reluctance to do so. This implies that the Allies were the cause of WW2 as Germany is clearly reluctant to abandon the Peace Discussions and the Allies were the final push that drove Germany to war.
This source was chosen as it contains many excerpts from Hitler's speeches and appeals to Germans and the global audience. The sources in this article are excerpts from Hitler's speeches in the Reichstag, May 17, 1933, a few months after his appointment to the office of Reichskanzler. They state: "Germany will be perfectly ready to disband her entire military establishment and destroy the small amount of arms remaining to her, if the neighboring countries will do the same thing with equal thoroughness. ... Germany is entirely ready to renounce aggressive weapons of every sort if the armed nations, on their part, will destroy their aggressive weapons within a specified period, and if their use is forbidden by an international convention. ... Germany is at all times prepared to renounce offensive weapons if the rest of the world does the same. Germany is prepared to agree to any solemn pact of non-aggression because she does not think of attacking anybody but only of acquiring security." This shows that Hitler was actually willing to negotiate with the other European powers for peace. However, they did not respond to Hitler's appeals. This suggests that Hitler was not actually the cause of war in Europe, and rather, it was due to the European Democracies not wanting to cooperate with Hitler.