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Morgenthau, Henry / The tragedy of Armenia

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

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"On July 1st, the first 2,000 were dispatched
from Harput. They were soldiers, and it was
rumoured that they would build roads. People
became frightened. Whereupon the Vali called the
German missionary, Mr.  , and begged him to
quiet the people; he was so very sorry that they
all had such fears, etc., etc. They had hardly
been away for a day when they were all killed in
a mountain pass. They were bound together and,
when the Kurds and soldiers started to shoot at
them, some managed to escape in the dark. The
next day another 2,000 were sent in the direc-
tion of Diarbekir. Among those deported were
several of our orphans (boys) who had been
working for the Government all the year round.
Even the wives of the Kurds came with their
knives and murdered the Armenians. Some of
the latter succeeded in fleeing. When the Govern-
ment heard that some Armenians had managed to
escape, they left those who were to be deported
without food for two days, in order that they
might be too weak to be able to flee.
"All the high Catholic Armenians, together
with their Archbishop, were murdered.
" Up to now there still remained a number of
tradesmen whom the Government needed, and
therefore had not deported; now these, too, were
ordered to leave and were murdered."

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