Sounds exactly like my family - they arrived in Osh (Dad says the
railway ended here) in October / November 1941 and they too were
directed to a Kolhoz as you describe.
Whilst here my dad and Uncle became "honoury muslims" for a day and
managed to get themselves an invite to the Ramadan celebrations that
were taking place - "more food than we had seen for months."
Shortly afterwards they moved nearer to Nau Kat and from here in
March 1942, my uncle managed to enlist and onto Yangi Yul. The rest
of my family remained in Russia until August 1942, when all bar my
grandmother (thought to have died in Krasnavodsk) made it to Pahlevi.
--- In Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com, <romlipin@c...> wrote:
> Thanks for sharing with us Alex's story of Xmas in Russia. It
brought many memories. The world is small. I was in Kokand also
looking for the Polish Army. We came to Kokand in October 1941 and
the NKVD put us on a train and sent us to a kolhoz beyond the station
Osh in Kyrghistan in the Pamir moutains. It was until march 1942 that
we could contact Polish Army and went to Yangi Yul, the HQ. But that
is another story...