There's a great new website with oral histories from Kyrgyzstan. Students from the AUCA interviewed Kyrgyz, Russians, Uzbeks, Tajiks, etc from various parts of Kyrgyzstan whose average age was 75. Most were born before World War II, and some even before the creation of the Soviet Union.
This goes along with two books I've read recently- The Silent Steppe and China Witness. None of these interviews or stories were recorded by historians, but now that they've been preserved, they're available to historians. There are only a few people still alive in Central Asia that remember these years. What a great project.