Interviewee ID: 990053
Parent's name: Danzan
Year of Birth: 1928
Notes on education: büren dund
Born in: Orhontuul sum, Selenge aimag
Lives in: Sühbaatar sum (or part of UB), Selenge aimag
Mother's profession: herder
Father's profession: herder
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Summary of Interview 080813A with Norson
Norson lived with her parents in the countryside and after graduating the 4th grade she enrolled in ballet class. But she left the ballet school, went back to her hometown and helped her parents with herding because she caught the measles in1945. Later she went to the aimag center and worked at the hospital.
During World War II it was not allowed to have lights at nights. Goods were expensive and drill cloth and ‘red tobacco’ were 100 tögrögs. Households had a duty to submit milk and wool. They submitted their milk to the milk factory for processing of the cream and made milk products using the remaining milk. Norson said that children at that time were more obliging and open-hearted than children of today.
Norson worked for 36 years at the hospital starting from writing medical history forms to midwife. People had to meet the head of the organization in order to join the organization and worked honestly and accountably. In order to join the cooperative, it was enough to express willingness to the bag governor and everyone worked together and helped each other.
Her mother’s relative, Dorlig was the Minister of Foreign Relations and he was arrested in 1937, when he was at her home. They received a letter in 1972, in which it was said that he had been repressed. The property of her family was confiscated when they arrested her uncle. Also, her brother Surmaajav, who was a monk, was repressed.
In 1961, the cultural campaigns started and every Wednesday the hospital staff visited households and checked their cleanliness and carried out some advocacy about being healthy. The staff had to report back to the hospital administration about their visits. There was a posting at the hospital and the ‘airplane’ mark was given to households which were clean and those households who were dirty received a ‘frog;.
Norson said that they had hoped that democracy will bring good things, but they were still waiting.