Interviewee ID: 990088
Parent's name: Baldan
Year of Birth: 1948
Notes on education: büren dund
Born in: Sühbaatar sum, Sühbaatar 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 090109B with Büjee
Büjee’s grandfather was a herdsman called Jantsan Bor and disappeared suddenly during the big repressions [in the late 1930s] as he was watching his herds. After publication of a rehabilitation book 1996/97, it was known that he was executed as part of the 'Lhümbe Affair'. In that time, people did not talk openly about repression and the topic was forbidden. “According to what othger people said, some of the arrested escaped on the way, and then the soldiers captured whomever in order to replace them” she said. Maybe her grandfather who was a common herdsman was arrested for such a reason.
Her mother-in-law had noble parentage. In that time people of noblemen were humiliated and insulted as feudal, had their ranks abolished and property confiscated. Dorjzob, a ruler of Yostbeis hoshuu /province/ who was the grandfather of Büjee’s mother-in-law was arrested together with his son Baljindonoi and the rest people of his family had their property confiscated and expelled from society. Her mother-in-law was the eldest daughter of that family and she told Büjee that she was very anxious about raising and educating her younger brothers and sisters. By 1940/1950 or 10-20 years later, no one said anything about the big repression that took place in the late 1930s and their offspring were brought up and received their education without hearing about it.
In addition, she emphasized that the cultural campaign gave its benefits to Mongolians and rural herdsmen. “People learned to use a blanket, bedding, stove, chimney, sink, and towel as a result of the cultural campaign and the hygienic culture became habitual. The monitoring and evaluating by a special commission appointed by the administration made the cultural campaigns effective” she said.