1915-07-02-DE-001
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Source: DE/PA-AA/R14086
Central register: 1915-A-20525
Edition: Genocide 1915/16
Departure of telegram: 07/02/1915 04:40 PM
Arrival of telegram: 07/02/1915 10:10 PM
Date of entry in central register: 07/03/1915 a.m.
Embassy/consular serial number: Nr. 1523
Translated by: Vera Draack (Translation sponsored by Zoryan Institute)
Last updated: 03/23/2012


From the Ambassador in Constantinople (Wangenheim) to the Foreign Office

Telegraphic Report



No. 1523
Constantinople, 2 July 1915

Dr. Lepsius' statements on the Armenian question, of which we have been informed, lead us to fear that his journey here at this moment could cause us a great deal of inconvenience, particularly also through knowledge of the Armenians' terrible situation, and harm our other, more important interests. I consider his view of the possibility of winning over the Russian Armenians by revoking or mitigating the compulsory measures taken by Turkey (mass deportations and executions) to be utopian; I also doubt that he will succeed in calming down the local Armenians as the Turkish government is determined to implement these measures and, in the end, intensified them. Thus, I submit that Dr. Lepsius seriously be advised against carrying out this journey. Report follows.


Wangenheim


[Answer from Zimmermann (No. 1276), 4 July]

Lepsius is leaving on Monday and will arrive there in 10 to 14 days' time. As he had already made all the arrangements and appointments, the attempt to hold him back was unsuccessful. However, he promised to report to the Imperial Embassy immediately upon his arrival and to follow their orders strictly.



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