Kurdistan Mission (VII)

An interview with Ms.Augsta Gudhart by Amir Hassanpour in 12 June 1977

Part seven of documentary series on " Kurdistan Mission" has just been posted by 'Scola' on their website.In this interview we hear the original voice of her late Augusta Gudhart.Dr.Amir Hassanpour kindly wrote the following note about the interview.

Dr. Amir Hassanpours’s remarks on his interview with Ms.Augusta Gudhart in 12 June 1977.

I drove to Philadelphia to meet Ms. Gudhart and interview her in June 1977. I arrived at her place with almost two hours of delay, at about 9:30. I remember it was dark and I was looking for her place in a section of Philadelphia with streets and houses that all looked alike. She was in the company of a woman in her mid-50s; she said she was visiting Augusta regularly to help her. They had been waiting for me to join them for dinner.
Ms. Gudhart seemed to be healthy; she said that she could not see although she moved, very conveniently, in the room. I did not have a set of questions and what I asked was rather spontaneous, although I was interested in two issues. One was my project of studying the socio-economic history of Mukri Kurdistan. I had begun this study in 1964 and my research has continued to this day.The other issue was the translation of the Bible and other Christian literature into Kurdish. This was part of my doctoral dissertation research about the standardization of the Kurdish language. The third person who asks questions is the woman who accompanied her that evening.
I intended to ask more questions but when I pressed the stop button on the tape-recorder, Ms. Gudhart noticed that I had been recording and it seemed that she was surprised. She did not ask for erasing it but it was my feeling that she had not expected it. Publishing any interview raises questions of research ethics. Although research ethics was not part of academic research practice in the 1970s, today I am committed to its principles, which require, among other things, the permission of the interviewee for transcribing and publishing the text of interviews. Ms. Gudhart is not alive to grant permission for publishing the text. The main issue here is to protect the dignity, well-being and safety of the interviewee. In my assessment, there is nothing in this interview that would negatively affect the dignity of the interviewee. The material will help the creation of knowledge about a history in which Augusta Gudhart was a participant. While the interview provides fresh evidence, almost all the information has already appeared on the pages of Kurdistan Missionary.
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