Interview with Russell Oswald
QUESTION 34
SHEILA C. BERNARD:

What was your sense as time was going by, can you tell me what your sense was, it's sort of the same answer you gave me, of the Observer Committee and particularly some of the people like Eve and Wicker of your sense of what was happening to them in terms of their relationship to the inmates versus their role as negotiators and observers. What was happening.

RUSSELL OSWALD:

Many of them were--

SHEILA C. BERNARD:

And if you could just give me, many of who, the--

RUSSELL OSWALD:

Many of the observers were becoming completely polarized. Ah, ah, identifying with the prisoners, ah, saying how brilliant they were and how, how, ah, thoughtful they were, and, ah, praising them. And others were more detached and more objective about it. So that there was a dichotomy there between the observers. Some going all to one side and some the other side but the more objective ones staying in the middle and trying to, to work on what they were there for.