Oral history interview with Leo Okin, 1983  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Okin, Leo, 1923-
Oral history interview with Leo Okin
1983 (inclusive)
1 sound cassette (60 min.); transcript: 30 pages
Collection Number
3529 (Accession No. 3529-001)
Tape recorded interview of Seattle Jewish community member
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Leo Okin was born 1923 in Riga, Latvia. He came to the U.S. in 1929 and grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was in the army for three years, then while working at the summer day camp for the Brooklyn YMHA was introduced to social work. He traces his interest in Jewish people and Zionism to the pride his family felt for his uncle, Rabbi Reines, the founder of Mizrachi Zionism. He attended the Columbia School of Social Work and worked with street gangs. He earned his M.A. in Social Work in 1949.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Tape recorded interview conducted by Howard Droker on 16 Aug 1983.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

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Listen to the audio recording and view the transcript of this interview on the Libraries Digital Collections site.

Restrictions on Use

Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Jews--Washington (State) --Seattle--Interviews
  • Jews--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Social workers--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Personal Names :
  • Okin, Leo, 1923---Interviews
  • Corporate Names :
  • Jewish Community Center of Greater Seattle
  • National Jewish Welfare Board
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Droker, Howard (interviewer)
    • Corporate Names :
    • Washington State Jewish Archives (University of Washington) (creator)

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)