Conference 01.03. - 03.03.2015: Witness to a Crime of the Century – The German Empire and the Armenian Genocide

The systematic expulsions, death marches and massacres that the Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire were subjected to starting in April 1915 are often seen as the first genocide of the 20th century. It was indeed a crime of the century. Taking place during the First World War, it by no means went unnoticed: German missionaries, diplomats and above all military personnel were direct witnesses to the violent events. And yet the German imperial government still stood by the side of their Young Turk wartime allies. Almost exactly a hundred years after the genocide the question of the involvement and shared responsibility of the German players therefore arises anew. At the international conference organised by the Deutsches Historisches Museum and the Lepsiushaus Potsdam, scholars will discuss the role of the German Empire during the Armenian genocide. How did the German imperial government react, how the diplomats and military officers? In what ways were the German and Turkish wartime allies dependent upon one another? What avenues of humanitarian assistance were established and could have been utilised?



German / English


Stiftung Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin

Lepsiushaus Potsdam


Stefanie Borgmann, Deutsches Historisches Museum

+49 30 20304-415


Deutsches Historisches Museum


Unter den Linden 2

10117 Berlin

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