Interviewee ID: 990064
Parent's name: Jamts
Ovog: Borjigon tsets
Year of Birth: 1938
Notes on education:
Born in: Bayanjargalan sum, Dundgovi aimag
Lives in: [None Given] sum (or part of UB), Ulaanbaatar aimag
Mother's profession: herder
Father's profession: herder
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Summary of Interview 081207A with Tarav
J. Tarav was born the second daughter of Jamts in Bayanjargalan sum of Dundgovi aimag in 1938. Her parents were hereditary herders. In the 1940s the countryside children went to school comparatively late at about nine or ten and Tarav also went to school at that age. She studied at school until the fifth grade, when her father became ill and she had to quit to take care of him. She tended cattle all her life. At the age of 15 or 16 she became a [Revolutionary Youth] ‘League member’ and then having reached the age of 25 she joined the party and was a party member all of her life. At that time not everyone joined the party and only the leading and the best people and those who worked well joined the party. The party members also cherished their reputation and they tried to be an example to the others. Therefore she was very proud of being a party member.
The Revolutionary Youth League organization of that time was the initial stage of the party and it trained the young people who would later join the party. The young people of the League did a lot of publicly helpful work like haymaking, combing the goats and they also agitated (propagandized). They did all such work voluntarily and with good organizing. “Jargalyn zam’ collective was first established in the sum where she lived and after some time the people’s livestock increased and again they were collectivized, and the collective was expanded with a new name ‘Ardyn jargal’. She said the people at that time couldn’t cope with the livestock and they voluntarily joined the collectives. Agitations and propaganda were made about the significance of joining the collective and its advantages.