It has been unseasonably warm in Bishkek recently. Most days it is sunny and not too cold now. We have had a little bit of rain, but no snow recently.
I am up to almost 120 pages on my book manuscript now. I still have to add most of the information from the interviews in Kant. I also hope to finish typing up most of the background material in the next couple of weeks.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Yesterday I went with three research assistants to interview elderly Russian-Germans in the nearby town of Kant. We interviewed four women and one man. I thought the interview with the man was the most interesting. He was born in Crimea, then deported to the North Caucasus in August 1941, and then exiled to Kazakhstan in October 1941. The Stalin regime then mobilized him into the labor army in 1942. He worked in Bakalstroi and noted that he only survived because he was small and did not need much food. All the large men perished. After his release from the labor army in 1948 he returned to Kazakhstan, then went to Uzbekistan, and finally ended up in Kyrgyzstan. For a guy in his 80s he was remarkably energetic and sharp.