"Mother 150 children" how Kyrgyz woman was the mother of children from besieged Leningrad

• "Mother 150 children" how Kyrgyz woman was the mother of children from besieged Leningrad

About a year ago, on June 11 in the Kyrgyz village of Issyk-Kul Kurmenty able Toktogonov Altybasarova - woman-legend, which during the war was the mother for 160 children evacuated from besieged Leningrad. No child who then got to the mountain village, had already died. Her story - proof of the existence in this world is the highest goodness and humanity.

In 1941, when the war started, almost all the men in the Kyrgyz village was taken to the front. And the post of chairman of the village council appointed Toktogonov Altybasarovu. Girl, Komsomol organizer at the time was only 16 years old. But in those years of age, no one asked. Toktogonov asking about something else: about the plan of putting the front of the bread, vegetables, meat. The summer of 1942 of the District Party Committee reported that Kurmenty from besieged Leningrad bring 160 children. Tonya-eje and villagers started to prepare for the kids room in the barracks house, do it yourself mattresses, filling bags with dry hay. In August 42 th from the barge went ashore little exhausted Leningrad.

On children as residents later recalled Kurmenty village was terrible to watch: swollen from hunger, with thin necks and eyes full of fear. Many were so weak that they could not walk. Children on the cart was brought to the village. Toktogonov Altybasarova came to the villagers and talked about the accident and the crumbs of what happened to them to survive. And the people were carrying the children milk, mare's milk, sour cheese kurut, vegetables - at times, the last thing in the house. Immediately the kids could not give a lot there, and Toktogonov own otpaivala their milk 2-3 teaspoons per hour. Looking at the starving, orphaned children jumped out into the street roared in frustration and self-pity, then wiped her tears, returned and continued to feed.

Some children do not even know their names, and Toktogonov had to invent them names. When working from a nearby village to village council chairman of the inquiries came Russian experts, she asked them the name, names of relatives, and then has entered the Russian names in the children's metrics.

Each family in the village of Kurmenty took patronage over two or three kids visiting. By the fall of Leningrad women stitched from felt padded jackets, tied socks. Toktogonov Altybasarova every day after work, ran an orphanage. The older girls called her Tonya-eje. So it was decided to apply to Kyrgyzstan to her older sister. The kids called her mom. Low, thin Toktogonov Altybasarovoy enough at all.

Life-blockade children has developed in different ways: some returned to Leningrad, someone was in Kyrgyzstan, some went to other republics of the Soviet Union. A Toktogonov Altybasarova lifetime received letters from his students and is always waiting for them. Married, she married a fellow villager, a war veteran, and they raised eight natural children.

In the name of Dair Asanov Victory Park is a monument in Bishkek, which bears the image of Toktogonov. His last years of his life Toktogonov Altybasarova lived surrounded by native children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and wanted to "on the ground never been a war."