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Adil A’s Brave Grandfather Fought the Nazis

During the World War II a lot of people lost their lives in order to make us happy at the present. Huge number of young generation died in this terrible war. I want to tell you about my grandfather who became a hero of the World War II. My grandfather Zhassybayev Aben was born in 1925 in Kazakhstan, Kaskelen region, Politotdel village.

In 1943 he was sent to the Northern part of the Kazakhstani region, to serve for the national USSR army. A lot of young people were sent from the Almaty region to the northern part Petropavlovsk region. After passing three month army courses, they were allocated to serve in each part of the Soviet Union region. Grandfather’s rifle battalion was sent to the Ukraine to defeat German Nazis army. After successful resistance, they invaded into Europe via Warsaw, Sandomir, Kalish cities. All these cities were destroyed by German armies, but most of these were salvaged by the Soviet Red Army. Later my grandfather was honored for his bravery against invading enemy aggression to other countries, especially those which were located in the USSR.

In 1953 he came to Almaty city to study in a university where he passed an exam to the Kazakh National pedagogical university, in a major of Geography. During these years, education for my grandfather was a first place priority. In 1957 with great marks, he graduated. Later in 1957 he was appointed as a professor in a Kaskelen region, Zhetysu village local school. He had good authority among students, everyone respected him because of his punctuality, the way of his teaching and for being fair to everybody. In 1992 he was appointed as a director of the Zhetysu school. My father told me that he was calm, not only at school but even at home.

In a conclusion I want to say that I am very proud that I had such a wonderful Grandfather.

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Laura K’s Optimistic Grandparents

            My grandparents were amazing people. Their lives were very hard however they were optimistic and happy all their life.  My both grandparents grew up in children’s orphanage because their parents died in the period from 1920s-1930s. There was a time when there was very limited food supply in our country, almost no food at all. There was a hunger and many people died from various diseases.


My grandparents got married in 1945 right after the World War II. They were both from Kustanai, Kazakhstan. I never saw my grandfather. He died in 1962. But from the stories of my grandmother I know that he fought against German Nazis during WWII and he came from the  war in very bad health condition. He was sick most of the time until he died. At the beginning of their married life he worked a bit and later stayed in bed for almost 13 years. Despite of that they were able to make five children. One girl died when she was an infant from some mysterious disease. Three boys and one girl left. I am the daughter of that single girl.


After my grandfather died in 1962 my grandmother was left alone with 4 small children. It was very difficult to raise them. In spite of that my granny worked on several jobs and was able to provide her children with food and everything they needed. She was very optimistic, strong and communicative woman. She had no relatives but she had many friends who helped her a lot and she did the same for others. For example, my grandma helped neighbor’s children when their mother died. Every time she would bring food and clothes to them. They remembered that all their life and they even became almost like our relatives.


From the stories of my grandmother I know how hard it was before, during and after the WWII. They had very difficult life. Now looking at her life I am amazed how she survived all of that. She lost her parents when she was an infant. In children’s orphanage they almost were dying from hunger because it was during 1930s when there was no food. She told me that they even ate rats. The bread was sacred to them. Because of that she would never allowed us to throw away bread or any other food. Laziness was not her thing she would take any food we don’t want and give it to the neighbors and amazingly there was always someone who was ready to take it. But we as children didn’t think about it because we didn’t have a time when there was a hunger in our life. Despite of the fact that my grandma was very giving and kind she also was very strong mentally and physically. After my grandpa died my grandma was left with 4 children and she was very young (she became a widow at age of 42) she never got married again and she didn’t have any relationship with other man. She was religious and respected her husband. Nowadays we don’t see many people like that anymore because it is a different society now.


          In conclusion, I would like to thank our grandparents for all they have done for us. They fought and worked hard so we could have a better life. We should appreciate that and never forget about it.


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