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MLOTEK--Chana Eleanor Gordon, peacefully at home, Monday November 4, at age 91. Esteemed Yiddish scholar, long time archivist at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, columnist for the Jewish Daily Forward, leading anthologist of Yiddish poetry and song, author of multiple published anthologies which have played a key role in inspiring an international revival of Klezmer, Yiddish music and culture. Together with her late husband, the noted writer, teacher, and communal leader Joseph Mlotek, she published a column, "Pearls of Yiddish Poetry," in the Yiddish Forward which unearthed treasures of Yiddish culture contributed by readers from all over the world. Nobel laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer called her the "Sherlock Holmes of Yiddish song," and Theodore Bikel wrote that "Chana and Yosl Mlotek are to be counted among our national treasures." Born and raised in the Bronx, Chana was a graduate of Hunter College. Soon after graduating, she worked as a personal assistant to the founder of the YIVO Max Weinreich, and thereafter devoted her professional life to the preservation of Yiddish culture. She was a wellspring of knowledge that drew scholars, authors, musicians and educators from all over the world to make use of her unique, sometimes uncanny expertise and memory. Chana is survived by her sons Zalmen and Mark, their wives Debby and Audrey, grandchildren Lee, Marissa, Avram, Elisha, Sarah, great-granddaughter Revaya, granddaughter-in-law Yael, and a loving extended family. The funeral will take place at Riverside Memorial Chapel, Amsterdam Avenue at 76th Street, on Tuesday, November 5, 11:45am. Shiva plans will be announced at the funeral.

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Published in The New York Times on Nov. 5, 2013
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