ARMIN T. WEGNER’S LETTERS AND DIARY OF 1915-1916 AND STRUGGLE FOR CONDEMNATION OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE
Armin T. Wegner (1886-1978), who served as a sanitary soldier in the German military headquarters of the Turkish 6th Army Corps, located in Mesopotamia in 1915-1916, was one of the most exclusive eyewitnesses of the Armenian Genocide, who could not stay indifferent to the horrible annihilation scenes of the Armenian nation. By means of sending secret letters to his relatives residing in Germany and renowned German writers from the death camps stretching along the Euphrates River, he announced to the whole world about the Genocide against the Armenian nation.
During his leave of absence in December 1916, Armin T. Wegner completed the editing of his two books in Breslau, which reflected his experiences and impressions in Turkey. Although Armin T. Wegner was just a sanitary soldier, then second-lieutenant in the German Sanitary Corps in Mesopotamia, however, he had already had a doctoral degree in law and was the author of a number of poetry booklets. Armin T. Wegner was an eyewitness of the premeditated extermination of Armenians and he was not just an ordinary eyewitness, but the eyewitness with a law degree. Hence, his story and the Genocide photos taken by him in the death camps of Mesopotamia, were gaining serious legal significance from the perspective of condemning the forced deportation and extermination of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire.
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