1916-11-04-DE-001
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Source: DE/PA-AA/R14094
Central register: 1916-A-30011
Edition: Genocide 1915/16
Date of entry in central register: 11/06/1916 p.m.
Embassy/consular serial number: F.O. No. 14056
Last updated: 03/23/2012


From the American Embassy in Berlin (Joseph Clark Grew) to the Secretary of State of the German Foreign Office (Jagow)

Correspondence



F.O. No. 14056
November 4, 1916

Your Excellency:

I have the honour to inform Your Excellency that reports for many month pass from official and other reliable sources show that the systematic deportation of the Armenian population in Turkey continues; that their terrible sufferings at the hands of the Turkish authorities are unmitigated by Government officers; that thousands have died as a result of cruelties, massacres and starvation, and that it would appear that these awful conditions are the result of a studied intention on the part of the Ottoman Government to annihilate a Christian race. The true facts, if publically shown, would shock the whole civilized world.

Inasmuch as the Government of the United States is aware that the German Government shares its views with regard to relief for the Armenians, as is shown by the fact that the Germam Ambassador at Washington on October 8, 1915, informed the Department of State that the German Government hat protested to the Turkish Government against the treatment of the Armenians, the Government of the United States feels that it can confidently appeal to the German Government for its assistance in securing an amelioration of existing conditions in the Country of its ally.

I am directed to communicate the foregoing to Your Excellency and at the same time to express the hope of my Government that favorable consideration and action will be given it.

I avail myself of this opportunity to renew to Your Excellency the assurances of my highest consideration.

J.C. Grew


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