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Morgenthau, Henry / The tragedy of Armenia
(1918)

The greatest horror in history,   pp. 3-[16] ff. PDF (4.0 MB)


Page 9


STA TEMENT OF A GERMAN
MISSIONARY
I have space here to quote from only one
document. Strange to say, this report was made
to me by a German missionary. The statement
was made to me personally and put in writing
at the Embassy.
" We often did not know where to hide ourselves.
From all sides, neighbours were able to shoot
into our windows; during the nights, it was
still worse. The sick nurse and myself lay on
the floor in order to avoid the shots. The walls
of the orphanage were broken through by cannon
shots. I was obliged to leave the orphans all
alone. There came an order from the Govern-
ment that we were to hand over to them all
our people in the house, big or small. All my
requests and petitions were in vain; they assured
us on their word of honour that they would be
provided with comforts and sent to Ourfa. I
then went to appeal to the Mutessarif. He
stood, as First Commander, by the side of a
cannon. He would not even listen to me; he
had become a perfect monster. When I pleaded
with him to at least spare the children, he replied:
' You cannot expect the Armenian children to
remain alone with the Mohammedans; thev
must leave with their nation.' We were allowed
only to retain three girls as servants.
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