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Central register: 1916-A-20650
Embassy register: A53a/1916/2431
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Translated by: Vera Draack (Translation sponsored by Zoryan Institute)
Last updated: 03/23/2012

From Philipp Scheidemann, Member of the Executive Committee of the Social Democrat Party of the Reichstag to the Reichskanzler (Bethmann Hollweg)


Berlin, 2 August 1916
Your Excellency,

The Budget Committee of the Reichstag has repeatedly discussed the Armenian atrocities, without receiving any satisfactory explanations from the representatives of the government.

Recently, Dr. Niepage gave scandalous details on atrocities that are being carried out against the Armenians.

Germany has the greatest interest in doing everything possible to make it difficult for the Entente to hold the German Reich, as an ally of Turkey, jointly responsible for acts that are definitely scandalous.

Therefore, we request that Your Excellency kindly inform us whether the allied governments have recently intervened with Turkey to ensure that the butchery comes to an end or, if this should not be the case, what the allied governments plan to do to influence the Turkish government to end the slaughtering.

Yours sincerely,
Executive Committee of the Social Democrat Party of the Reichstag

[From the German Foreign Office to the Embassy in Constantinople (No. 819), 11 August]

Further to Decree No. 783 dated the 4th inst., we enclose a transcript for the information of His Excellency, Ambassador Count Wolff-Metternich, sent with our deepest respect.

[Reply from Bethmann Hollweg to Scheidemann, 9 August]

[Insert name], I confirm with thanks receipt of your kind letter dated the 2nd inst. concerning the Armenian question.

From the very beginning, the Imperial Government has paid particular attention to the question of relocation of the Armenian elements of the population in Turkey. It is continuously and thoroughly informed of developments in this question by its representatives in Turkey and has brought its influence to bear with great emphasis on the Turkish government at every opportunity in favour of the Armenians. As far as possible, the Imperial Government will continue to speak up in future to the Turkish government for milder treatment of the Armenian race.

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