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Chana Mlotek

( b. Apr 09, 1922 Brooklyn, New York, USA - d. Nov 04, 2013 Bronx, New York, USA ) Female
Relations: Mother of Zalmen Mlotek

Chana Mlotek was an impassioned sleuth and archivist of Yiddish music whose song collections allowed thousands to imbibe the mirthful and mournful melodies of the shtetl, ghetto and Yiddish theater.

Her success in connecting musicians not just with Yiddish chestnuts but also with obscure songs was crucial to the revival of klezmer, a genre that has become popular far beyond the Yiddish-speaking world in the last three decades, said Sam Norich, publisher of the Jewish newspaper The Forward. One song she rediscovered was "Lid fun Titanik," a Yiddish lament about the Titanic sinking. Mandy Patinkin has recorded it.

Singers, composers and folklorists have relied on Mrs. Mlotek's encyclopedic knowledge and the music she found.

"She opened a whole new repertoire," said Eleanor Reissa, a Yiddish singer and the Tony-nominated director of Those Were the Days, a 1990 Yiddish-English musical revue. "We can interpret and breathe life into them because she unearthed them for us."

Source: The New York Times obituary

ProductionsDate of Productions
Those Were the Days
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • Yiddish Lyrics by Chana Mlotek
Nov 07, 1990 - Feb 24, 1991
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