Interviewee ID: 990483
Parent's name: Tsegmid
Ovog: Baits Borjigon
Year of Birth: 1945
Occupations: literature, research
Notes on education:
Born in: Ugtaal tsaidam sum, Töv aimag
Lives in: Sühbaatar sum (or part of UB), Ulaanbaatar aimag
Mother's profession: low-level city government (see notes)
Father's profession: intellectual, bank finance
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Summary of Interview 091104A with Natsagdorj by Buyandelger
Ts.Natsagdorj served in a number of positions of authority in both the government and Party. He is a learned scholar of historiography, and a descendant of the Hiad lineage of the Borjigon ovog. Many of his close relatives have passed away and he himself has been greatly repressed. His forefathers were descendants of Chinggis Khaan. Since such people were considered as black and yellow [that is, secular and religious] feudals, they were exterminated in accordance with the party and state policy, following the policy dictated by Comintern. It was a brutal policy of execution.
In the beginning of 1990s with the establishment of the Mongolian Democratic system the descendants of Chinggis Khaan had begun to draw the attention of people not only in Mongolia but around the world. In the book entitled The Last Review of the Royal Blood Natsagdorj published and surveyed for the first time what were the various fates of Chinggis Khan’s descendants under the Manchu Qing dynasty, and during the years of the people’s government [ie,socialism]. He published a book called People’s Fortune in order to develop Mongolian astrology. His father was a descendant in the 14th generation if you counted from the Prince Jalair Gersenz, but a descendant in the 29th generation from Chinggis. He wrote about a dozen literary works, four or five feature movies, and about thirty radio and TV plays.
Natsagdorj described himself as a very curious child from his childhood. He was interested in music and participated in concerts and won awards in competitions. He made a toy bus that moved and participated in an exhibition of the creative work of schoolchildren, and he recalls that people were amazed. From the sixth and seventh grade he used to write articles and correspondence in the press. Since he was a school child he created a lot of murals, and many posters, newspaper pictures and book decorations, both when he was a student and later when he worked for the state. He drew the illustrations for the Mongolian Children’s Encyclopedia. All the illustrations for the last several books he wrote he did himself. These include The Last Review of the Royal Blood, The Victim of Unjust Punishment, and the Teachings of Chinggis Khan.
Summary of Interview 091104B with Natsagdorj by Buyandelger
Natsagdorj had done the work of preliminary recording of the TV program [it is unclear what this refers to] before airing it. Tsedenbal darga praised me for this work at the Central Committee meeting in 1976 saying, “Ts. Natsagdorj fulfills well the assignments given by the leaders. In other words, he is a skilled young intellectual who has carried out a revolution in television”. So he was appointed the sector chief in charge of state and public organizations in the Party Central Committee. That was an important position, higher than a minister in rank and authority. Jalnaajav darga had praised him more than once in the meetings of the Party Central Committee calling him one of the young people who would take over in the future. This coincided with the deterioration of Tsedenbal darga’s health. It was the time when the people like the chief of the personnel department of the Party Central Committee Lamjav and Bugiin Dejid of the Political Bureau were very afraid of skilled and capable people entering the government. [As they would present competition to the current members.] Natsagdorj had also repeatedly fallen out with Lamjav over the nation’s interest and in 1983 Jalnaajav guai was said to be the secret leader of an anti-party group and I was named as an accomplish accomplice. But, based on certain conditions, I avoided exile to Ömnögovi, and I remained in the city. We were the victims of the former system’s persecution, discrimination in the political settings and physical liquidation. In such a way many gifted and honest men of science had been harmed. I had even contemplated my own death. My everyday prayer is to leave my accumulated knowledge to the future generations.
In the winter of 1980 Natsagdorj checked into the rehabilitation department of the second hospital and checked out after some treatment. But twenty days later, his health deteriorated and he became covered with a rash. Many physicians examined him, but they couldn’t diagnose him accurately, and with a general diagnosis of pancreatic cancer he was sent to Moscow. He was given the latest medication and injections from the US and France and after having been treated for four months, went back to work. But then again his health deteriorated and he went to Hungary and there it was discovered that Natsagdorj had been exposed to a radioactive substance. They said the blood leucocytes and the erythrocytes were just about to break down. Through his acquaintances he got a Geiger counter from the nuclear physics laboratory and examined his office. He found a container with radioactive material in it under his chair. Who could enter my sealed room and do things in a comfort? Only very powerful people with long hands.