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Source: DE/PA-AA/R14106
Central register: 1919-A-23177
Edition: Genocide 1915/16
Date of entry in central register: 08/26/1919 p.m.
Embassy/consular serial number: A. J. Nr. 1750/Nr. 471
Translated by: Vera Draack (Translation sponsored by Zoryan Institute)
Last updated: 03/23/2012

From the Minister in Stockholm (Lucius von Stoedten) to the Foreign Office


Stockholm, 21 August 1919
The local press, particularly the left-wing liberals and socialist newspapers, also busied themselves during the war with the smear campaign against Germany because of the so-called Armenian atrocities. It is therefore to be recommended that the book by Dr. Johannes Lepsius, “Germany and Armenia”, published by Tempelverlag in Potsdam, which gives documentary clarification on Germany’s position in this matter, be distributed here to a certain extent as a means of enlightenment, and to this end I request that you send me approximately 30 copies of the book.


[Reply from the German Foreign Office (No. 231), 8 September]

The requested copies of Dr. Lepsius’ book on “Germany and Armenia” will be sent shortly.

For your information, I would like to note the following with regard to the book:

The following has only been written to the offices in Copenhagen, Bern and The Hague, A 13677.

The formation of the collection is made clear in the preface. According to this, Dr. Lepsius is solely responsible for the selection of files. The introduction is also his work alone, and does not represent the opinion of the German government. We are only interested in clarifying Germany’s position towards the measures taken by the Turkish government. We are not required to take a stand on the question as to which Turkish offices are responsible for the occurrences, what were the motives of these offices, and to what extent the measures of the Turkish authorities were caused by the military treason of the Armenians.

Unfortunately, the book has not been received as well as one would wish by the press in enemy and neutral countries. The “Times” sees in it the documentary proof of Germany’s joint responsibility and is using it in a smear campaign against our present policy in the Upper Silesia question. The effect in Denmark also appears to be very unfavourable. Under these circumstances, it would be advisable to be cautious in using the book as planned.

I would like to add that Dr. Lepsius is preparing a French and an English version of the book.

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