So, can you tell me a little more about the genocide?
June 28, 2014 7:25 PM Subscribe
Please give me tips for conducting an in-depth interview with a genocide survivor I've never met, over the phone.
posted by femmegrrr to Human Relations (14 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Through a series of coincidences, I have the opportunity to interview an aging genocide survivor, whom I've never met, on Monday. It has to be me, it has to be on Monday, and it has to be over the phone. I found out yesterday. This person is in failing health, has a fully intact memory, and has never told his story before. Much of it is potentially of historical note, and these transcripts will likely end up in a major archive. He has expressed a desire to share about his experiences.
Things that I'm still mulling over:
-What's the best way to record an interview over the phone? I have an iPhone.
-Interview technique over the phone? I am far away from this person, and cannot be closer until the fall. If he is still alive in the fall, I will go there.
-I've read up on basic interview technique and practices. However, I'd be thrilled to hear tips from people who have personally conducted these sorts of interviews.
and most of all:
-What's the best way to approach sensitive topics related to violence and trauma? Let him bring them up? What if he doesn't? It's my understanding that he's interested in discussing these experiences, but doesn't have any experience doing so.