1917-05-14-DE-001
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Source: DE/PA-AA/R14096
Publication: DuA Dok. 345
Central register: 1917-A-18747
Edition: Genocide 1915/16
Date of entry in central register: 06/09/1917 p.m.
Embassy/consular serial number: K. Nr. 56/Nr. 923
Translated by: Vera Draack (Translation sponsored by Zoryan Institute)
Last updated: 04/22/2012


From the Consul in Aleppo (Roessler) to the Reichskanzler (Bethmann Hollweg)

Report



K. No. 56 / No. 923
Aleppo, 14 May 1917

Confidential

I respectfully enclose for Your Excellency’s kind attention a memorandum by Mr. Buente, a certified engineer, on observations made during a journey along the river Chabur from 1 to 6 April. There is no doubt that the large numbers of human skulls and bones to be found there are from the Armenian massacres which took place the previous July and August, on which I last reported on 5 November of last year (see K.No. 104) [A 31831 (Doc. 1916-11-05-DE-001-E)]. The accounts from Armenian sources given in Enclosures I and III of that report, which name Shedadieh (Kalat Sheddad) as the location where the massacres mainly took place, are thus confirmed.

I am sending the same report to the Imperial Embassy.


Roessler

Enclosure


Copy.

Aleppo, 11 May 1917

In the period from 1 to 6 April I went up the Chabur on the river Euphrates together with Captain Loeschebrand and Sergeant Langenegger from Buseir and found large number of bleached human skulls and skeletons on the left bank; some of the skulls had bullet holes. In some places we found stakes, also with human bones and skulls. The largest accumulations were across from the Kishla Scheddade. The population spoke of 12000 Armenians who were massacred, shot or drowned here alone.

At this point we left the river and found no further traces along the road to Sindjar.


[Buente]

Certified Engineer, Lieutenant



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