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Source: DE/PA-AA/R14093
Publication: DuA Dok. 298
Central register: 1916-A-26116
Edition: Genocide 1915/16
Date of entry in central register: 09/26/1916 p.m.
Embassy/consular serial number: No. 578/B.N. 2535
Translated by: Linda Struck (Translation sponsored by Zoryan Institute)
Last updated: 04/22/2012

From the Chargé d'affaires in Aleppo (Hoffmann) to the Embassy in Constantinople


No. 578 / B.N. 2535
Aleppo, 5 September 1916

Copy [Copy acc. to von Metternich presented to the Foreign Office on 21. 9.]

Further to my report of 29th of the preceding month. B.N. 2463 [A 25739.]

The statements made in the above-mentioned report on the situation regarding the deportation of the Armenians in the area around Der-el-Zor have meanwhile been confirmed to me to a considerable extent by other trustworthy sources. For instance, a German employee of an American firm [August Bernau], who has just returned from there and who, on the occasion of a business trip, visited most of the camps there, reported the following:

So much for my informant.

As far as the fate of those deportees, who are sent on further from Der-el-Zor, is concerned, who, following official announcements, are said to be heading for Mosul, I have enquired with the Imperial Consulate as to how many deportees are estimated to have arrived from Der-el-Zor over the past few months. According to information from that source, on 15th April four transports left Der-el-Zor along two routes and 19000 altogether met up again in a camp by the river Chabur. On 22nd May, i.e. 5 weeks later, about 2500 people from these transports, including several hundred men, have arrived in Mosul. Some of the women and girls have been sold en route to the Bedouins, all the others have died on the journey of hunger and thirst.

Consequently no new transports have arrived in Mosul for the past 3 ½ months. This fact must confirm the opinion of the people of Der-el-Zor and the corresponding actual details, that under the rule of the new Circassian Mutessarrif of Der-el-Zor, short work is made of those who are deported further, more recently in the place where the Euphrates and the Chabur meet.

The closing of the local orphanages for children of deceased deportees has not yet begun. However the representative of the local deportation commissioner officially has now explained to one of the head Sisters there, that these orphans will be brought to a new large national orphanage in Konia, there they would of course receive Turkish names and be educated as Turks (i.e. Muslims).

for Hoffmann

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