Report of Sister Paula Schäfer on November:16th:1915.
Report of Sister B. Rohner about a Visit in the Camp of Mamouret on Nov: 26: 1915
You had only to look into the greedy, pale faces, full of grief, to know that their words were true. About 1800 loaves could be procured. Everybody fell greedily upon us; the priests who were charged with the distribution of bread had almost to fight for their lives. But it was by no means sufficient and no further bread was to be had. A large number of hungry people stood imploringly before us. The gendarmery had to keep them back by force. Suddenly the order for departure was given. If anybody did not hurry in striking their tent it was pulled down with the bayonet. Three carriages and a number of camels were kept ready. A few wealthy people quickly hired the carriages, other less well-to-do people loaded a camel with their things. The wailing of the poor, old and sick filled the air. “We can’t go any further, let us die here.” But they had to go on. At least we were able to pay for a camel for some of them, or to give small coin to others in order to buy some bread at the next station; also clothes, sewn at the Mission-Station in Adana, were distributed. Soon the immense procession was moving further. Some of the most stretched people and some newly made graves were left behind. As many as 200 poor, old and sick people are said to have remained there until some help could be brought to them. The misery increased a hundredfold because of the rain and the heavy cold that had set in. Everywhere the caravans left behind dying people, little children and sick people perishing miserably. Also the epidemic spread more and more.
Report of Sister Paula Schäfer about a Visit in the Camp of Islahie on the 1st. of Dec: 1915
On the Way to Aleppo. Dec.13.1915
Now we are on our way to Aleppo, Miss Rohner will stay there for some weeks D.V. to prepare everything for another journey to Der-Vor (?). I intend to come back soon since there is still much work to do on the route Mamoure-Islahie and it seems to me we ought not to give up the work among the distressed as long as anybody of them is left in this place, because they would absolutely die of starvation. According to our last experience we shall need about 300 – 400 liras in a month. Dr. Shepard told me to send to you word about this because I should get the money from you. It would be better not to stop the work for lack of money, because the poor would suffer by it. If however you think that less money ought to be spent, or the whole work should be given up, please send me a telegram in time so that we may stop the affair. If not will you please be so kind to send me the amount of money through the Deutsche Orient Bank in Adana. I do not like to telegraph for it every time, because it might attract too much attention. If you should prefer to settle this matter in a different way, will you please inform me of it. Today I have asked you by wire to send me 400 liras, 200 for Mamoure, 200 for Islahie-Hassan Beyli.
I hope you are well. We got message that Dr. Sheppard is ill with typhus. I hope that God will soon give him new strength.
With best wishes from me and Sister Rohner I always remain, Yours faithfully
[Note by Mordtmann, 29 December]
1) Letter from Sister Beatrice Rohner to Director Schuchardt from 15 December; enclosed:
Report by Sister Paula Schaefer from 16 November on a visit to the Armenian concentration camp in the plains of Baghché Osmania; report by Beatrice Rohner on a visit to the camp in Mamure on 26 November; report by Sister Paula Schaefer on a visit to the camp in Islahié on 1 December.
2) an envelope containing:
Letter from Beatrice Rohner to Mr. Peet (at the Biblehouse here) from 15 December; from Paula Schaefer "on the way to Aleppo" from 13 December, mainly concerning the procurement of financial means to assist the Armenians.
Also, a transcript of the reports mentioned under No. 1).
In my humble opinion, there are no reservations to passing on the letters under 2) with the enclosure; the conditions in the Armenian concentration camps are sufficiently well known here from other, particularly oral descriptions; there is no reason to prevent the philanthropic purpose.
[From the Embassy in Constantinople to the Reichskanzler, 29 December]
[From Beatrice Rohner (Marasch Station) to Mordtmann, 15 December] [Note by Mordtmann: Arrived on the afternoon of 27 December together with enclosures, not by post but in a manner unknown to me.]
You might be interested in the enclosed report, which I am sending to your honoured address with the request that you kindly send it on. The Americans are also prepared to assist with their Rockefeller Foundation, should it be possible to do something inofficially in Aleppo.
Is it not possible for 2 German nuns to receive official permission to do Red Cross work amidst this mass misery? If you could send us a reply to this question to the German Consulate in Aleppo, we would owe you a great deal of gratitude. We can guarantee that not a word will be breathed on politics, etc. [Note by Mordtmann: Not easily comprehensible.]
Yours very sincerely,