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Central register: 1916-A-26071
Edition: Genocide 1915/16
Embassy/consular serial number: No. 1048
Translated by: Vera Draack (Translation sponsored by Zoryan Institute)
Last updated: 04/03/2012

From the Undersecretary of State in the German Foreign Office (Zimmermann) to the Embassy in Constantinople


No. 1048
Berlin, 2 October 1916
For your information.

Further to the reports nos. 566 [Doc. 1916-08-29-DE-001.] and 578 [Doc. 1916-09-05-DE-001.] dated 17 resp. 21 of last month.

The reports from Aleppo on the new persecutions of the Armenians have given me cause to discuss the matter thoroughly with Halil Bey and to point out to him explicitly [Excerpt from Doc. 1916-09-25-DE-001 follows]. that, while the former deportations of the Armenians could still be defended in the interest of national safety and appear to be legal, considering the military situation at that time, the measures now planned against the sad remains of the Armenians, consisting of women and children, could in no way be justified or excused. The actions of the Turkish government will cause a storm of indignation throughout the entire civilised world, which will not even die down soon after the war. The planned dissolution of the orphanages and the mass conversions to Islam, in particular, will meet quite rightly with the sharpest protest, not only in Germany, but also from all Christian people.


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