German Responsibility in the Armenian Genocide: A Review of the Historical Evidence of German Complicity
Dadrian, Vahakn N.
Cambridge, MA: Blue Crane Books, 1996, 320 pages. ISBN 978-1886434028.
One of the most striking features of the World War I Armenian genocide is the fact that it was enacted despite the powerful presence of Imperial Germany in Turkey at the time. German power was afforded not only because of its imposing military might but, also, by the fact that Turkey, a weak and impoverished ally, depended critically on German assistance to underprop its war effort. In this study, the author examines the complex conditions attending the Turko-German political and military alliance by virtue of which Germany would not use its power-leverage in order to avert the Armenian catastrophe. The present study, for the first time, systematically analyzes the developments within the framework of which Germany's direct and indirect involvement in the macabre drama of the Armenian genocide is seen materializing. Thus, German responsibility is cast into relief not only as a legal but also as a moral exigency.