Legacy: “How would you like your interviews used?”
Francis Blanchard: “ I hope – but this is not for me to pass judgment on that – I hope that this interview which was fairly substantial – I think I can say that, thanks to you – will be of interest to the public at large and to specialists, to historians, sociologists, etc…
Legacy: Could you compare reading your book with watching your Legacy interview?
Francis Blanchard: “I think I have thrown light during the interview on things that I may have treated in too cautious a way in the book.
If it were only a source of leading people to have more determination to cope with the problems of the world today, I would be happy just for that.
I would hope that it will create more acute perception of state of the world, and when comes the new generation, to stimulate action, not text, not words: action.”
Legacy: “Dr. Cornelio Sommaruga, what is your impression of being interviewed for Legacy?”
Dr. Sommaruga: “Well, I was very surprised when you asked me to be interviewed. Even if you were not the only one, I think that people felt I was at the end of my life. They had to use the opportunity that I was still able to speak to tell something about my life. But when you came I felt that it was extremely agreeable to be with you. Why?
… Because you were very well prepared… Because the questions you were putting… Even now after the publication of my books, one in German and the other in Italian you were able to refer to these books. You were able to refer to different aspects of my life. So that it was very agreeable occasion.”
Legacy: “What we are talking (about) is very much important.?”
Vladimir Petrovsky:” Of course, it is some kind of improvisation that’s going on. But when you make improvisation it is going from deep of your heart rather than being well prepared. What is I think very important (is) this kind of talk, and then bring them to the youngsters. And then one day we need to start to talk with them to explain all the things you will collect in your meetings with the people.”
Legacy: “Thank you very much Dr. Vladimir Petrovsky for your time today. It’s been pleasure.”
Vladimir Petrovsky: “Thank you very much. I enjoyed it also very much. Because it’s also you know in the dialogue it is very important what kind of questions. It is culturally like that you put good questions and then you receive the same answers.”
Legacy : “How would you like these interviews used?”
Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro: “I think when I look at the history of women, where we have come from, we know that there have always been women who have opened doors, for others, who have been there. And then when women know that there have been others that have stood firm on issues, that spoke up, (about) the things that they will be speaking about in the future. I think this is a great inspiration.
I have been reading a book by Eleanor Roosevelt and I got quite inspired to see her own participation and just know that she was there really striving to make change within the United Nations with the consciousness of what that would be mean for women.
And I hope these interviews that you are making of us will also inspire women who will come after us – and men – to see that we were concerned about the welfare of women. We were conscious about the role of the United Nations (which if we get time we should speak about). That we were living at the time when millennium goals were being discussed and we were active participants in promoting that those millennium goals would be fulfilled or would be paid attention to them in order to improve people’s lives.
I believe that what these interviews are going to do is to assure generations that come that their struggles are struggles which others have made strong foundation and they will continue to build that foundation. I hope that my grandchild will have a chance to see one of them and say “Oh what is that my mother?”
“To me this Memory Bank is such a rich opportunity to offer this to future generations, and personally, I am honored and privileged to be part of this.
It’s the importance of leaving one’s own legacy, of being enable to share with future generations, being able to permeate future generations with the values with the opportunities, with the visions that each of us have had today. It’s to know that our story will have an influence, long after we don’t have the direct influence here on earth.
And I think that is also what we are offering further generations: an opportunity to build on role models of today, to realize that our people who have gone before, who have had visions, who have not been afraid to step-out and take a stand on what they felt to be right what they felt to be best for the world they were living in.”