Archive for September 3, 2008

Gaujar’s Grandmother Never Complained About Her Hard Life

My grandmother’s (my mother’s mother) name is Kulzada and she was born in 1934. Her parents were rich people and that was time when people should have been afraid to show their status. When Soviet government came, there was dangerous time, when a lot innocent people were killed without any court. At the end of the 1930s, her father was arrested and after 3 days he was shot. Her mother was left alone with two children and they even didn’t know that he was killed. Her mother was waiting for him all her life and only in the end of the 1980s she was sent a paper where she was informed that her husband was dead.


My grandmother had a hard childhood with the days when there was nothing to eat and nothing to wear and they had to walk barefoot without any boots on snow. But that was a hard time not only for them, but also for everybody, because that was war-time. She finished her 4-year education and was helping her mother, because her elder brother was sent to the war. She finished courses of the seamstress and started to work by a trade. Then she married my grandfather and in their family 3 daughters appeared. The youngest is my mother.


After my mother was born, my grandparents divorced. After that my grandmother moved to Kostanaiskaya oblast where her elder brother lived. My grandmother’s elder brother married too and had 9 children, so there was huge family. They lived close and helped each other, because that what their mother always wanted to. My grandmother had been working in a garment factory for 40 years and did a great job. She received set of certificates of honour, medals and awarded ranks. She was bringing up her three daughters alone without any help so that she had to work a lot. All of them graduated from universities. My mother finished university in Karaganda, married to my father and moved to Arkalyk. In the 1990s all sisters with their families moved to Almaty. My grandmother retired and came to Almaty too and started living in Kaskelen. She helped to raise children. In 1998 her elder daughter and my aunt died, she left behind a 16-years old son.

Last year my grandmother died. She was 72. Everybody knew her as a kind and fair person. She had a hard live and she never complained of a life, because that was out of rules of Soviet Union person.

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