Interviewee ID: 990473
Parent's name: Namjil
Ovog: Leglüd Hövdüüd
Year of Birth: 1930
Notes on education:
Born in: Möngön Morit sum, Töv aimag
Lives in: Tsenher-Mandal sum (or part of UB), Hentii aimag
Mother's profession: herder
Father's profession: herder
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Summary of Interview 091201A with Badamtsoo
Namjilin Badamtsoo was born in 1930 in a placed called Baruun Berh in Möngön Morit soum of Töv aimag. She is Buryat. She is an adopted child of a family. When she was five years old, her father was arrested together with her three younger brothers and sisters; therefore she goes by her mother’s name. Having completed elementary school in the sum, she worked as a hospital attendant and a nurse and then she moved to the aimag centre, so her children could go to school. There, she worked at the food factory. Along with working at the factory she delivered and raised 8 children..
Badamtsoo talked about the repressions especially among the Buryats, who were very involved in it. She said that her family had been a victim of repression. She had been introduced with her father and her brothers and sisters only through the archive materials.
There had been issues of bearing legal obligations due to inability to pay the official assessed on livestock. The thought of getting rid of the livestock [that were causing the problem] influenced her decision to join the collective. The victory of the collectivization movement freed the herders from the cattle tax and from psychological burdens. But the people who had collectivized their cattle couldn’t get the same amount back when they were privatized..
When Badamtsoo first went to Ulaanbaatar, her elder sister lived in the industrial district in a beautiful building with a ‘civilized’ toilet. She says she used to get shocked by electricity, when she joined two wires together, not aware they were electric wires. She would throw away the broken china into the toilet blocking it.