Chana Mlotek Dead: Yiddish Song Expert, 91, Dies In NYC
NEW YORK — NEW YORK (AP) — Chana Mlotek (KHAH’-nuh MLAH’-tehk), a noted archivist of Yiddish folk music, has died at age 91.
Mlotek was an impassioned collector of Yiddish theater songs and folk music from Europe’s historic Jewish communities.
Nobel laureate Isaac Bashevis (bah-SHEHV’-ihs) Singer once called Mlotek and her husband, Joseph, “the Sherlock Holmeses of Yiddish folk songs.”
The couple wrote a newspaper column called “Pearls of Yiddish Poetry” for the Yiddish edition of The Forward for more than 43 years.
Mlotek was born Eleanor Chana Gordon in 1922 in Brooklyn.
She studied Yiddish folklore at UCLA. She worked for the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research for 65 years, almost to her death.
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