Chana Mlotek

‘The Queen’ Of Yiddish Song

Remembering YIVO archivist Chana Mlotek, one of the major figures in the revival of klezmer.

11/05/2013
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When she was interviewed by The Jewish Week in June 2012, the outstanding Yiddishist Chana Mlotek confided that at age 90 she had lost a bit of her ferocious productivity.

“My legs don’t go as fast as they did,” she joked. “But I can still work three times a week at YIVO, I still write a column for the Forverts, and the work is always interesting.”

Chana Mlotek with her son, Zalmen, center and husband Joseph in a 1985 photo. Milken Family Archive

Honoring ‘The Queen’ Of Yiddish Preservation

06/05/2012
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Chana Mlotek admits that at 90 she’s a little less productive than she used to be.

“My legs don’t go as fast as they did,” she says, her eyes twinkling. “But I can still work three times a week at YIVO, I still write a column for the Forverts, and the work is always interesting.”

Chana Mlotek with sons Zalman, left, and Mark. Gillian Segal
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