The Shmooze: The Yiddish Book Center's podcast

Chana Mlotek: The Sherlock Holmes of Yiddish Songs

Aaron Lansky visits with Chana Mlotek. The ninety-year-old Mlotek works three days a week as the music archivist at YIVO, where she began working as Max Weinreich's assistant in 1944. She shares stories, reflects on Yiddish music and musicians, and ends the visit with a verse of her favorite song.

The National Folksbiene Theater's gala, honoring Chana Mlotek, Neil Sedaka, and Jay Wisnicki, will take place on Tuesday, June 12, 7:30PM, at Town Hall (123 W. 43rd St.). Among the performers and speakers will be Elie Wiesel, Dudu Fisher, and Lorin Sklamberg. For information about the event visit

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