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Tolegen’s Great Grandfather Tried to Rescue Both Sons

People do not often pay much attention to their grandparents’ life, but it is considered as very important knowledge to understand them and even yourself. Furthermore their life is completely different than it is now which was true of my grandfather. Kenzhin Asi was born in 1922 in the village Kowek, that is in Eastern Kazakhstan, in the former Soviet Union. His mother died, so he had only his father who was working out on the field from dawn to sundown and a little brother. In the 1930s of the 20th century in the USSR was having a famine that heavily affected Kazakhstan and its people.

So the Soviet government issued a law, according to which every child had to be taken to an orphanage, this law did not avoid my grandfather and his brother. Things became more terrible when the orphanage started to change its location.  However, my great grandfather did not agree with this law.   So one night he stole his elder son and on the next night he planned to rescue the other one, but unfortunately the next day was the day of moving and his little son gone forever.

Then after some years, my grandfather finished school and started serving in the army, from this point new chapter of his life began. He participated in the Soviet – Finnish war and then in 1941 in Second World War. On 20th of April in 1945 he was heavily shot in the battles near the Balaton Lake and braved the victory in the hospital of Budapest. He was honored by Order Red Star and Medal of Honor. Finally he came back home to Kazakhstan in 1947.

After some years, he married my grandmother. The whole family consisted of eight people; they had six children, five sons and one daughter, my mother. Meanwhile he decided to continue education to get a higher one. In 1960 he graduated from Law School and started working in the law-enforcement agencies. He liked his work and was not retired until he got to age 70, combining his job with looking after children.

In 1995 my grandfather died in love and peace.

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Little Known about Aigul B’s Grandparents

As long as I can remember, my grandparents didn’t share stories with me about their lives. I know about them only from my parents. I know that my grandparents had the very different childhood than I had because they were born in a difficult time which was full of different events that became a part of the history.

 First of all, I would like to tell about my grandparents of my father’s side. My grandfather Salim was born in 1918 at the Western part of Kazakhstan in the region called Urdinskiy in the village named Shungai. My grandmother was born in 1925 in the south of Kazakhstan in the region called Ordabasshinskiy in the village named Chubarovka. When my grandfather was 18 years old he took a part in the War between USSR and Finland. My grandfather participated at World War 2 as well. He was injured and disabled as veteran.

After the War was over he worked as a teacher in the school where he met my grandmother.  They liked each other and married in 1948. In our present days my grandfather is 91 years old and he has got 7 children, 9 grandsons, 12 granddaughters and 7 great sons. Actually, I think that story of my grandfather’s life is more interesting and exciting but as he never shared with me about his life this all I can write at this moment.

It is obvious that the lifestyle back in my grandparents’ time was very different from now as it lacked the many comforts that are easily accessible to people now. It focused on farming mostly and providing family with food and etc. Though people in their time greatly valued education, educating their children was perceived as one of the high priorities. They understood that if you are educated everything can be achieved. Therefore, they sent their children from the village to the city so they could study and be educated.

Now, my grandfather is old and I respect his age, life experience and wisdom. I can tell that I am proud of my grandfather. 

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Dilyara’s Kazakh and Tatar Ancestors

They were born in hard revolutionary time when a stubborn struggle for authority occurred in the country. The Soviet authority established the regime revoking the rich people of their privileges and providing the poor people with great opportunities which had been unknown for them earlier. And if you have both sorts of the people in your family, it is not easy to examine the historical events which occurred almost one century ago.

The parents of my father were from the south of Kazakhstan in the neighborhood of Taldy-Kurgan town. It has very picturesque surroundings. The grandmother was the daughter of very rich and noble birth man. But falling in love she ran away with the poor man. In Kazakhstan, bride theft was the widespread phenomenon.

So the Soviet family of my grandfather and grandmother was formed. Then two sons were born. Two children were rather slight for those times. Their younger son became my father in future. Probably if the war had not happened, the number of children would be more.

At the beginning of World War II the grandfather was recruited to serve in the army on front of the war. There he, after stubborn and bloody battles, was taken prisoner. He was lucky to survive and to return home from the war, but his health was strongly undermined. And he died a little later after returning from front. The grandmother becoming widow brought up the two sons due with support of family of the brother of her husband.

Recalling the parents of my mother, in fact, I know nothing about the grandfather who also has died on the Finnish war. He gave up the memory about himself as my dear mammy. A remarkable gift of fortune!  Thus, I can tell more detailed about the mother of my mother, another about my dear grandmother. My grandmother was the remarkable woman who wholly has created herself: from the simple poor orphan she was up to the very respectable and highly educated woman of those times.

She made significant contributions in development and teaching of many generations of Kazakh people being in the rank of the director of school. She was very purposeful and skilful to distinguish main from minor. So many life principles were inculcated in me by her since childhood years. Even the teacher profession is transferred to us from her like a baton in a relay race.

My grandmother was born in the Tatar family of the shoemaker in the north of Kazakhstan in Kustanai city. The family was poor and had 13 children, though at the year of the birth of my grandmother the family had moved to the new house, therefore it was considered that Jamal (it is name my grandmother, she was the penultimate child) had brought happiness in the family.

However, the next years, as it is known from our history, in Kazakhstan the terrible famine began. It was caused by either barbarous policy of the Soviet authority on liquidation of cattle from the population and natural cataclysm, it is named jute: drought and loss of cattle. In those awful famine years population of Kazakhstan lost about 42 %, about 3 million people died.  The parents of my grandmother could not survive these terrible suffering tests. They died.

By that time older children became already independent, and younger children, including my grandmother, were sent in relative families basically as servants. But for my grandmother certainly it was unacceptable to remain all her life in such role.

The Soviet authority enabled working young people to receive education free-of-charge. My grandmother being a single, young girl had overcome all difficulties of hungry student’s life. At first, she had received secondary education under the intensive program, and then the higher education in Alma-Ata. It is enough to say, that, in those hungry years, practically 90 % of the students through the study were in search of earnings and more fat of life.   They were units among most persistent and purposeful, especially of women, who finished the institutes.

After graduating from high school, my grandmother devoted all her life to the business of enlightenment and education of her people. She has given birth and brought up two daughters, including my mother.

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