February 25, 2015
On Thursday, February 12, students from Mr. Jesep’s Team 83 social studies
classes at Iroquois Middle School had the privilege of learning about history
from a Capital Region resident with vast knowledge of the Armenian genocide that
occurred during and after World War I.
Father Stepanos Doudoukjian, spiritual leader of St. Peter's Armenian Apostolic Church, has made it a lifelong commitment to learn as much as possible about this horrible event and to share his knowledge. The tragic Armenian experience was the first genocide of the 20th century and would be a harbinger of some of the terrible events to occur as the century progressed.
Team 83 students asked many insightful questions of their guest as Fr. Stepanos detailed evidence of this brutal historical event through first person accounts, photographs, and other primary and secondary documents. He pointed out that American President Woodrow Wilson (through his 14 Points and his emphasis on national self-determination) would be one of the few United States leaders to forthrightly advocate for a free Armenian nation. The young men and women of the Team were grateful for the experience of learning from their guest.