1915-07-09-DE-001
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Source: DE/PA-AA/R14086
Publication: DuA Dok. 108 (re.)
Central register: 1915-A-21483
Edition: Genocide 1915/16
Date of entry in central register: 07/15/1915 p.m.
Embassy/consular serial number: Nr. 437
Translated by: Vera Draack (Translation sponsored by Zoryan Institute)
Last updated: 03/23/2012


From the Ambassador in Constantinople (Wangenheim) to the Reichskanzler (Bethmann Hollweg)

Report



No. 437
Pera, 9 July 1915

In a report dated the 8th inst., the Imperial Consul in Aleppo reports the following:


Mr. Roessler reports in a further telegram dated the same day that Djemal Pasha has lately been giving strict orders in order to prevent the slaughter of Armenians in the area under his command and that he has requested here that similar orders be given for the area under the command of the 3rd Army.

The latter includes, among others, the Vilayet Diyarbekir in which the Armenians are said to be persecuted with particular cruelty. The court marital in Diyarbekir is presently carrying out an investigation against a number of the leaders of the Dashnaktsutiun Association on suspicion of treasonable activities. It is assumed that all of the accused, including those who formerly held close contact with the Young Turk Committee "Unity and Progress," will be sentenced to death. Nothing more can be learned here about other events there. In his despair, the Armenian Bishop (Murachasta) of Diyarbekir is supposed to have committed suicide.

On the 8th inst., Mr. von Scheubner sent a telegram from Erzurum that, according to the latest news from Baibourt, Erzindjan and Terdshan, the Armenian massacres have begun there once again. He is of the opinion that these atrocities by the committee, whose members there play a fateful role as co-government, are being supported under the connivance of the authorities.


Wangenheim



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