It sounds like she's been through a lot, I can't imagine how someone must feel in her position. It must be a conflict of emotions, that's for sure. Hearing and recording the stories of people who have lived through those times is such an important thing, especially since many haven't necessarily written them down themselves. It's a shame to think some people having played their parts in a monumental period in history should pass away without having passed on their stories in some form. Equally, it's a shame when historical objects are handed over without their history unnecessarily as is the case with a lot of things for sale- It seems the man who came to you is making a point of ensuring that doesn't happen.