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Singer prefaces in English that in White Russia, we (Jews) didn’t sing Belorussian songs, we sang Ukrainian songs because we liked them. Our peasants didn’t speak Ukrainian, they spoke “the ugliest Slavic dialect”, Belorussian. Then sings this Belorussian song, the story of the abolition of serfdom. Source: informant had a Belorussian servant girl sit down and sing the song so he could transcribe the words. (He says the latter on cut #17, “Usa sida chata bila.”)
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“Taletele tzhizhoya,” YIVO Online Exhibitions, accessed March 22, 2023, https://ruthrubin.yivo.org/items/show/1985.