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German Nurses Declare 580 Bodies Were Buded in One Day

MARCH 2, 1916

Dr. Samuel T. Dutton, Secretary of the American Committee for Armenian and Syrian Relief, has received from several German nurses, who are in the Armenian section of Turkey, letters confirming reports from other sources of the Armenian population. Dr. Dutton said yesterday that, while he could not make public the names of the nurses, he was in a position personally to vouch for their trustworthiness.

There are several communications. One of these says in part:

"Just now I am coming back from a ride on horseback through ------------- plain where thousands of exiles are lying on fields and streets without any shelter, exposed to the power of any kind of brigands. I found men and women badly wounded, their bodies cut open and with broken skulls or in a terrible condition through stabs with the knife. Fortunately I was provided with clothes, so I could change their bloody things and then bring them to the next inn, where they were nursed.

"Many of them were so exhausted from the enormous loss of blood that they died in the meantime."

Still another report says in part "The camp in ---------- itself is the saddest thing I have ever seen. Right at the entrance a heap of bodies lay unburied. I counted thirty-five in another place twenty-two, right close by were the tents of those people who were very ill. In one single day the burial commission buried as many as 580 person."

For the relief of these conditions the American Committee for Armenian and Syrian Relief is appealing for funds. Contributions may be sent to Charles R. Crane, Treasurer 70 Fifth Avenue.

A hard copy of this article or hundreds of others from the time of the Armenian Genocide can be found in The Armenian Genocide: News Accounts From The American Press: 1915-1922