Armenia before the genocide

[Armenia]. Armeniens Drangsale.

Frankfurt/Main, Johannes Schergens, [1896].

Oblong 4to. (16) pp. With several black-and-white illustrations. Stapled brochure.


Extremely rare publication on the oppression of the Armenian people by the Ottoman Empire, preceding the terrible genocide by only a couple of years. This is a German translation of the equally rare French work "L'Arménie persécutée", published in Lausanne. Not a single copy s traceable in libraries internationally; only one single copy of the French version is known in libraries (Lausanne).

Among the impressive illustrations are reproductions of two paintings by the British artist Charles Joseph Staniland relating to the massacre of Constantinople on 30 September 1895, as well as depictions of Armenian costumes, a group of orphans, farmers, Ottoman troops, and the torture of an Armenian prisoner.

Co-edited by the German "Hilfsbund für Armenien", a charity organisation active only from 1896 to 1900. German society, which at this point was still very much stuck in colonialist thinking, was not ready to face the misery of the Armenian people, given that their oppressor, the Ottoman Empire, was an ally to Germany. The international lack of interest in the tragic situation of the Armenians ended up enabling one of the worst genocides of the 20th century that was implemented primarily through the mass murder of around one million Armenians during death marches to the Syrian Desert.

Evenly browned throughout; somewhat foxed. With several small marginal tears and flaws; a portion of pp. 13f. clipped (ca. 65 x 130 mm, presumably with loss of image, but no loss to text).

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