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General Makarov


General Makarov




[Spoken introduction in English by informant before song] Reinstein narrates in English that the Kishinev pogrom coincided with the defeats the Russians suffered at the hands of the Japanese in the Russian-Japanese war. The Jews expressed this in a song; he only remembers a fragment of it.

General Makarov hot gehat a shvartzn sof
vayl er hot geheysn yidishe kinder koyln
far Keshenyover blit [blut]
batzolt yo Ponye git
Yah Ponye shlugt Fonye
in dem grestn helt


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