Dzidzernagapert Conference Honors Armenia’s ‘Guardian Angel’ Johannes Lepsius

YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–The Dzidzernagapert Armenian Genocide Museum Institute held an international conference Monday in honor of the 150th birthday of German Protestant missionary Johannes Lepsius, who worked tirelessly prevent the genocide of the Armenia’s by the Ottoman Empire.

Born in 1858, Lepsius devoted his life exclusively to helping the persecuted Armenia’s after news of the Hamidian Massacres (1894-96) reached Germany.

From 1912 to 1914 he took part in diplomatic moves and conferences on the Armenian Question in Constantinople, Paris, London and Bern.

During World War I he published "Report on the situation of the Armenian People in Turkey," in which he meticulously documented and condemned the Armenian Genocide.

At the beginning of the Armenian genocide of 1915 he had a dramatic interview with Enver Pasha, the Ottoman minister of War and chief architect of the Genocide, during which he tried in vain to prevent the systematic deportation of the Armenian people. The interview was secretly published in “The way to death of the Armenian people.” But the German military censor quickly banned its publication on the grounds that would affront Germany’s strategically important Turkish ally.

Lepsius is portrayed as a "guardian angel of the Armenia’s,” in Austrian-Jewish author Franz Werfel’s novel, “The Forty Days of Musa Dagh.”

Lepsius died in Merano, Italy in 1926.

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