The Memoirs of Abram Elkus: Lawyer, Ambassador, Statesman
with a commentary by Hilmar Kaiser
London: Gomidas Institute, 2004,
vi + 122 pages,
ISBN 1-903656-37-0, paperback,
Price: UK£14.00 / US$20
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Elkus became the last US ambassador to Ottoman Turkey in 1916-1917. Today he is best remembered for his role in saving thousands of Armenian lives, as he continued the work of his predecessor in Constantinople, Ambassador Morgenthau. After WWI he was appointed a member of the league of Nations Commission to resolve the Aaland Islands dispute between Sweden and Finland.
Elkus' public life was cut short because of illness.
The memoirs of Abram Elkus provide fascinating insights into American social and political life around the turn of the 20th century.