Armin T. Wegner was the World War I German medic who disobeyed orders and took photographs of the suffering Armenian people. His photographic works constitutes a large chunk of the documented proof that is offered by Armenians to support their claim of genocide. In the partially Armenian-sponsored PBS program, The Great War, for example... some of these photographs were presented as the main evidence. The photos on this page are mainly screen captures from the PBS show. (Although I discovered later his work is omnipresent throughout the Internet on the omnipresent Armenian web sites.)
I read Mr. Wegner himself was Armenian, and lost the information that backed up the claim. (If anyone can confirm whether Armin was Armenian, I'd appreciate knowing.) Biographies I've come across state that he was born "on October 16, 1886 in the town of Elberfeld/Rhineland... He was the scion of an old aristocratic Prussian family, with roots reaching back to the time of the Crusades." Well, that's as far away from being an Armenian as one can get. (Of course, the main reason the Armenians hooked up with the Nazi cause was the claim that the Armenians were fellow Aryans; but that's a different matter.)
Not that Armin Theophil Wegner would be any less credible if he did turn out to be Armenian... in an ideal world. However, the normal sympathy one would feel while observing terribly suffering people would surely increase if the suffering were of your own, or similar, kind. Unfortunately, Armenians have demonstrated time and time again that they cannot be counted upon to provide reliable information regarding the Armenian "Genocide." The only thing that's preventing me from believing Armin Theophil Wegner was not a purebred "Prussian," aside from the past information of his Armenian ethnic background I no longer have access to, is this one line that crops up on some of his biographies:
Armin's father, Gustav Wegner, came from a family of rigid Prussian traditions... In his autobiographical writings, Wegner recalled three episodes that left a mark on his life: his father's reading to him an account of the 1895 Armenian massacres in Turkey...
Not that it would be impossible for a German aristocrat of rigid Prussian traditions to be interested in the topic of Armenian massacres... but it makes me wonder. Along with that Greek-sounding middle name of his. (Also... while difficult to tell from the portrait above... what appears to be a rather large schnozzola. I'd love to see a profile shot.)
Armin Wegner was so tremendously affected by the suffering Armenians that he seemed to focus on the issue for years afterwards. Surely the sights he witnessed could be so haunting that anyone could develop a kind of obsession. However, it was World War I; the losses almost every nation suffered were catastrophic. Maybe Armin Wegner was not stationed anywhere during the war but in the Ottoman Empire. However, he must have seen other locals who were far from having a picnic. I would like to think one with his compassion would not limit himself to acknowledge the suffering of just one people.
He sounds like he was a pretty great guy overall. Armin Wegner had the incredible courage to send Hitler a six page letter in defense of the Jews. He naturally got arrested, and "would suffer incarceration in seven Nazi concentration camps and prisons before he could make his escape to Italy."
ADDENDUM: After writing the above, I encountered this double whammy from Prof. T