Humanism and Christian Charity

Humanism and Christian Charity: The History of the German Aid Organization for Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, 1896–1919

The industrial building of Deutsche Hilfsbund für Armenien, founded in 1896, in Urfa in south-eastern Anatolia in 1898.

After the massacres of Ottoman Armenians under Sultan Hamid between 1894 and 1896, a pro-Armenian movement began forming within the German Empire. Humanistic voices began speaking out against the massacres, in a string of newly founded publications and initiatives, as well as in public and religious circles. Humanitarian missions to the Armenians also began to be organized.The research project “Networked biographies in the German mission to the Orient” considers the history and diverse forms of organization of the German Protestant missions to the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, as well as the support efforts from German Catholic circles between 1896 and 1919, and presents these in comparative perspective.The project is funded by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia, and by the Brandenburg Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur. Dr Hayk Martirosyan is in charge of the project.