Testimonials

The following testimonials reflect the experiences of many narrators, families, and institutions that have worked with Life History Services.

“We were very, very pleased with the results [of the oral history project]—the rapport you established with each of the various members, of different ages and attitudes, and the business like manner in which the job was done.”
—Don, Chair of the Oral History Project, Temple Emanu-El, California

“You know how to make your interviewee comfortable and your questions come at the right time—they do not interrupt thought, but keep the conversation flowing; moreover, they lead to substantive answers.”
—Louis, Attorney-Educator, California

“I learned so much. I had no idea my grandmother spoke 5 languages! I also realized that my aunts both earned their masters degree – such modern women for the 1940s!”
—Helen, Daughter, Wisconsin

“I treasured the privilege of working with Anita. She was sensitive, bright and understanding. She’s a gem!”
—Meyer, Rabbi, California

"I believe that your work will prove therapeutic to some who feel the loneliness of not being able to share memories of their lives. Thank you for your interesting and stimulating presentation.”
—Jan, Director, Senior Center, California

“You conduct the interviews with insight, being inquisitive enough to make it interesting and yet with the discretion to make the person feel comfortable.”
—Ariel, Grandmother, Mexico

“It (the interview) was a moving experience for me largely because of your sensitivity and capacity to sense the directions into which we should head.”
—Hildegard, psychotherapist, California

“Ms. Hecht created an atmosphere of trust and comfort, both of which helped me to relate the rather difficult yet significant experiences of my life.”
—Hans, Holocaust Survivor, Wisconsin

“Being videotaped was so much easier than I had anticipated. Many of my concerns were eliminated at our first preliminary meeting.
—Raymond, Banker, California

“You have a way of putting your subjects at ease and making them feel as though they and their personal stories are the most important of all the ones you have done.”
—Marvin, Administrator/Writer, California

“Your gentle questioning and sympathetic manner helped me search and express ideas that had never occurred to me, but lay buried in my subconscious.”
—Joseph, Cantor-Educator, California

“I was pleased beyond any expectations. Anita has the technique and ability to make the interviewee feel comfortable.”
—Myer, Attorney, California

“I wanted you to know how meaningful the making of the oral history was for me. You are just a pro.”
—Fae, Grandmother, California

“I thank you very much for the interest you placed in this work, based on your intelligent and skillful questions that did not interrupt the even flow of the conversation, but were inserted at the appropriate places.”
—Rina, Daughter, Mexico

“My parents felt comfortable with you and shared details that might have been lost forever had you not been such an experienced and professional interviewer.”
—Edith, Editor, Wisconsin

“The preliminary meeting also made me more comfortable so that at the interview itself, I could relax, ignore the camera and just have a pleasant chat, reminiscing with you.”
—Melvin, Retired Businessman, California

“I did not think that I was deserving of being put on tape. [However], this record of my personal history will give me a kind of immortality, touching the minds and hearts of my grandchildren.”
—Harold, Grandfather, California

“Your expertise not only in the interviewing part, but in lighting, positioning, was impressive. I felt like a film star being directed by an expert director.”
—Golda, Philanthropist, California