Interviewee ID: 990037
Parent's name: Zundui
Year of Birth: 1940
Notes on education:
Work: retired, herder
Born in: Hangai sum, Arhangai aimag
Lives in: Songinohairhan sum (or part of UB), Ulaanbaatar aimag
Mother's profession: died, herder
Father's profession: died, herder
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work; travel; education / cultural production; democracy; family;
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cultural campaigns; training courses; East Germany; privatization;
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Summary of Interview 080901A with Genden-Süren
The interviewee was born in 1940 in Hangai sum, Arhangai aimag. He is married and has three children. From 1948 to 1954 he studied at a secondary school in Hangai sum. The next year he was sent away to his brother in Ulaanbaatar where he finished the seventh grade. In Ulaanbaatar, the interviewee attended a course attached to the Mongolian Railways and was trained as a railway mechanic. Having worked for some time as a mechanic at a railway station in Dornod aimag, he returned to Hangai sum to work as an electrician in a local dairy farm until his retirement.
The interviewee has a vague recollection of the ‘cultural campaigns’. What he remembers is the herders were urged to use blankets, sheet sets, and cover their ger with a white cloth. During his working life the interviewee had the opportunity to upgrade his professional skills twice abroad: in the Soviet Union and in East Germany. His trip to East Germany occupies an important place in his story. He tells about his impression of the Russian customs, his first encounter with East Germans at the Russian airport, what he saw in German towns, etc. According to him, the privatisation has been carried out fairly, and everyone benefitted from it. He personally received few cows from the privatisation.
His wife worked as a milkmaid in a local dairy farm. For her achievements she also was sent abroad several times, to the Soviet Union, Lithuania and Latvia. She was selected twice as a five-year-plan-front-rank-worker. On one occasion she even received a medal from Tsedenbal, the then leader of Mongolia.