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Ljudmila N is now 74 years old she is an ex-engineer who was born in Russia Moscow and worked there all her life From this interview some very remarkable details could be picked up about her two jobs as an aerospace engineer in the constructing department and another one at the ministry Ljudmila talks about the incredible effects of communism upon her job and other curious experiences at the workplace all emphasizing the vast disparity between businesses in the 1950s and now To begin the almost hour-long conversation I decided to appeal to the question of discrimination when applying for jobs and at the workplace As my grandmother had pointed out earlier her first job was one in the engineering sector where she and her colleagues designed models for rockets and later on produced the rocket itself At the time the word discrimination had not entered my mind In fact its the hindsight from now which helps me to realize the discriminative boundaries which were quietly built up explains my grandmother looking sadly into my eyes She highlights that everything was nationalized owned by the state privatization was unknown and thus the government ideas and beliefs were clearly reflected in each company Discrimination by nationality was common When offered a job you had to accept rules and regulations such as the Article 5 No Jews allowed taking up the post Jews were widely discriminated and my grandmother cannot remember ever having Jews at either the engineering company or the ministry Education level was also very important only higher level and quality education could get you a prestige position or in fact any good job at all However the most absurd and the harshest of all was the idea of party belonging recalls Ljudmila with certain bitterness This is where the great influence of Bolsheviks and communism entered the scene and this was truer for my grandmothers career at the ministry She explains that in
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