The Armenian Genocide: Survivor Interview Guide

The Armenian Genocide: Survivor Interview Guide

Survivor accounts are extremely moving, and are in my opinion the strongest evidence of what happened. From all over the world, survivors from the same villages tell the exact same stories. Please, if you know a survivor whose story is not recorded, make sure it gets recorded. The following is the exact set of questions used in "Survivors: An Oral History of the Armenian Genocide" By Donald and Lorna Miller. It is an excellent book which everyone should read. Please videotape or tape record the interview and make a few copies. I am sure the Millers would be glad to have a copy to add to their archives, as would the Armenian Assembly, and Richard Hovanissian at UCLA, and Gerald E. Ottenbreit Jr. * Research Assistant * Armenian Research Center * University of Michigan-Dearborn * 4901 Evergreen Rd. * Dearborn, MI 48128-1491 * GOttenbr@umich.edu We must protect these stories as much as we can.

Even if you do not know a living survivor, please take the time to record/write down all the stories, names, dates, and locations you can remember. These too are valuable information.

Section I: City/Village Life
  1. City/Town/Village
  2. Neighborhood
  3. Home
  4. Family
  5. Childhood
  6. School
  7. Occupational Preparation
  8. Household Management
  9. Health Care
  10. Leisure Pastimes
  11. Church
  12. Religious Observances
  13. Folk Heritage
  14. Manners and Customs
  15. Armenians and Turks/Kurds
  16. Clubs, Organizations, Political Groups
  17. Community Organization
  18. Social Control by Turks
  19. Military Service

Section II: Massacre and Deportation

  1. Before 1915
  2. Imprisonment and Torture
  3. Resistance
  4. Deportation
  5. Deportation Marches
  6. Deportation Caravan

Section III: Orphanage Life (if survivor lived in an orphanage)

  1. Admission
  2. Orphanage Life
  3. Armenian Identity
  4. Leaving the Orphanage
  5. Reunions

Section IV: Emigration and Marriage

  1. Marriage
  2. United States (Or present country of residence)
  3. Adjustment
  4. Children/Grandchildren
  5. Armenian Identity

Section V. Attitudes and Interpretations

  1. Causes of the Genocide
  2. Attitude Toward Turks
  3. Childhood Feelings
  4. Adult Feelings
  5. Guilt
  6. Shame and Humiliation
  7. Talking About the Genocide
  8. Effects of the Genocide
  9. Religious Practice and Attitudes
  10. Responses to the Genocide

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