Ural Federal University: Students from Kyrgyzstan Talked about Relatives Veterans of the War and Labor Front

Students of Ural Federal University from Kyrgyzstan told about deeds of their relatives in the Great Patriotic War. UrFU hosted a meeting with Sergey Tushin, Vice-Rector for International Relations of the university, and Almazbek Baibosov, Vice-Consul of the General Consulate of the Kyrgyz Republic in Ekaterinburg.

“Only a few days are left before a very important date in the life of our nations – the anniversary of the Great Victory. This holiday unites all of us, and it is important to preserve the historical memory of this Victory, of what terrible misfortune occurred in the life of mankind. We celebrate the victory over the fascist misanthropic ideology that planned to destroy entire nations. It is important to remember this great feat accomplished by our grandfathers and great grandfathers. This is what truly unites us. We remember those who won at the front, destroying enemy tanks and planes, won on the home front, growing bread and cotton, taking in evacuated children. Every family was affected by the war,” said Sergey Tushin.

At the meeting students shared stories of their relatives in the war. For example, the great-grandfather of Nursultan Akmatov, a master’s student at the UrFU Institute of Physical Education, Sports and Youth Policy, participated in combat operations and was able to return home – his name is carved on a monument in his native village.

“It was a very unusual, informal meeting format, very confidential. I once again noted for myself the importance of preserving the memory of the past war and of those who helped us to defeat fascism. I have plans when I come back to my homeland to find out more about my relatives in the war, where they served, and how their lives turned out. Then I could tell you even more at such meetings,” says Nursultan.

Another iconic example is the grandmother of Aidana Tologonova, a student at the Institute of New Materials and Technologies of UrFU. During the war she worked hard in the farm and also raised her children.

“I know it wasn’t easy for my grandmother, but she was able to overcome everything. My grandmother lived 100 years. When she died, I was four years old. Thank you to the organizers for this meeting, it was very informative. I learned a lot of interesting stories about how people fought and worked during the war. I wanted to learn more about my relatives during the war,” Aidana said.

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