Aid for victims of the Armenian massacres

Letter from Lord Bryce to prime minister Asquith requesting government aid for the victims of the Armenian massacres, 28 August 1915.

A respected figure in the British political establishment, Lord Bryce had headed the committee that investigated allegations of German 'atrocities' in occupied Belgium. In this private letter to the prime minister from August 1915, he addresses the interests of another beleaguered people: the Armenians. Bryce requests financial support from the British government for the hundreds of thousands of refugees who have fled the wholesale massacres of the Armenian population in Ottoman Turkey and are now 'absolutely destitute, perishing from want and disease'. Asquith's response is not recorded in this file. But no large-scale aid package was forthcoming.
Catalogue reference: FO 371/2488 (28 Aug 1915)

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