Yiddish Song Expert Chana Mlotek Dies at 91

From the New York Times:

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….

“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.”