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Source: DE/PA-AA/R14093
Publication: DuA Dok. 299
Central register: 1916-A-26071
Edition: Genocide 1915/16
Date of entry in central register: 09/25/1916 p.m.
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Translated by: Vera Draack (Translation sponsored by Zoryan Institute)
Last updated: 04/22/2012

Notes by the Undersecretary of the Foreign Office (Zimmermann)

Berlin, 25 September 1916

Today, I discussed the contents of report no. 566 from Pera in depth with Halil Bey and pointed out firmly to him that, while the earlier deportations of the Armenians could still barely be defended as being justified, taking into account the military situation at that time in the interest of national safety, the measures now planned against the last few pathetic Armenians consisting of women and children are in no way justified nor can they be excused. The Turkish government’s action will cause a storm of indignation throughout the entire civilised world which will not settle quickly even after the war. The planned closing of the orphanages and the mass conversions to Islam, in particular, will rightly meet with the sharpest protests, not only in Germany, but also among all Christian peoples.


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