AMBASSADOR MORGENTHAU'S STORY

By Henry Morgenthau

 

 

Ambassador Morgenthau's Story is the title of the published memoirs of Henry Morgenthau, Sr. covering the time when he was American ambassador to Constantinople, 1913-1916. The book has been used as a primary source regarding Turkish atrocities against the Ottoman Greeks.

As Ottoman authorities began the extermination campaign of the Armenians in 1914-1915, Morgenthau's desk was flooded with reports nearly every hour by the American consuls residing in different parts of the Empire, documenting the massacres and deportation marches that were taking place. Along with the extermination of the Armenians, Morgenthau's memoir also details massacres and deportations committed on the native Greeks and Assyrians of the empire. Faced with the accumulating evidence, he officially informed the U.S. government of the activities of the Ottoman government and asked for it to intervene.

The American government however, not wanting to get dragged in, remained a neutral power in the conflict at the time and voiced little official reaction. Morgenthau held high-level meetings with the leaders of the Ottoman Empire to help alleviate the position of the Armenians but his protestations were waived and ignored. He famously admonished the country's Interior Minister Talaat Pasha, stating that "Our people will never forget these massacres."

 
 

David Lloyd George - Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

“...tens of thousands of men, women and children have been deported, and tens of thousands have died. It was pure deliberate extermination.”

House of Commons, 4 August 1922.

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