Personal Information Form 325, Sound recording, Armenian-Georgian song

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Description

The voice of the Russian soldier Levon Altunov was recorded in a prisoner-of-war camp in Chemnitz on 16 June 1916. The recording, inventoried as PK 325, is of a song in Armenian that speaks of friendship and the memory of a deceased friend. According to the accompanying papers, Altunov came from a village in the Tiflis district. In addition to Armenian, this merchant by profession also spoke Turkish and Russian.

Context

Between 1915 and 1918, the Royal Prussian Phonographic Commission recorded examples of about 250 languages and dialects within over 30 prisoner-of-war camps in Germany. Among these recordings were those of Caucasian languages taken from soldiers within the Russian army. The German linguist and anthropologist Adolf Dirr (1867-1930) was responsible for the recordings of these Caucasian voices.. This recording was taken in Chemnitz, where, during the First World War, mostly Russian and French prisoners had been interned.