1941: Kazakhstan. Beginning of World War II

Nearly 1,200,000 Kazakhs were conscripted to the Soviet army in WWII. Every fifth Kazakh fought in the war.

Nearly 500,000 sons and daughters of the Kazakh land were killed during the war.

22 of June 1941, Sunday. The day of the summer solstice and the shortest night that made the life of millions of people much shorter.