The Memoirs of Naim Bey. Turkish Official Documents Relating to the …

ANDONIAN, Aram [compiler or forger?]. The Memoirs of Naim Bey. Turkish Official Documents Relating to the Deportations and Massacres of Armenians … with an Introduction by Viscount Gladsto….

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ANDONIAN, Aram [compiler or forger?]. The Memoirs of Naim Bey. Turkish Official Documents Relating to the Deportations and Massacres of Armenians … with an Introduction by Viscount Gladstone. London, Hodder and Stoughton, [1919].

Small 8vo. Original cloth-backed printed boards with cloth backstrip and printed label; pp. xiv, 83, plates after photographs; from Manchester Free Public Libraries with their bookplate, stamps and shelfmark labels.
Very rare. Translated from the Armenian, this is the first English edition of the book that gives rare Turkish documents concerning the Armenian massacres of 1916. At the end of the First world War the retreating Ottomans had destroyed a vast amount of incriminating paperwork. However, Naim Bey, an Ottoman official in Aleppo with pro-Armenian leanings handed over rare and sensitive documents (including the Talat Pasha telegrams), proving direct Turkish involvement in planning the genocide. Ever since the book had been published the authenticity of the documents has been disputed even the existence of Naim Bey remains unclear.

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