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How to Interview a Holocaust Survivor
Tips from Our Co-Founder Olivia Savoie
I recently had the honor of interviewing my very first subject who survived the Holocaust. Never have I sat through such heavy interviews laden with tears. And never have I heard such moving, miraculous verbal memories. It’s heartbreaking to thing that had I not sat down with this subject and not documented his memories on his behalf, these memories would one day be gone forever.
Perhaps someone you love has survived the Holocaust—a parent, in-law, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or another loved one. Perhaps they have told you bits and pieces about their experience or nothing at all. Whatever the case, you may want to talk with them about their experiences.
If you do not know where to start or what questions to ask, the following tips and questions can help you get started.
TIPS FOR INTERVIEWING YOUR LOVED ONE
Never force your loved one to speak about their Holocaust experiences. The best thing to do is ensure they are ready to speak on their own terms. Keep in mind that some memories may be too painful for them to share, and if they say something is too difficult to speak about, you should let them know that’s okay. Ask questions with empathy. Let them know you are there to listen.
A comfortable environment will help your loved one feel more at ease when speaking about their experiences. Talking to them in a comfortable place, such as their own living room, your home, or a park on a nice day, will help them feel comfortable.
QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR LOVED ONE ABOUT THE HOLOCAUST