Oral history interview with Lena Kleinberg Holzman, 1981  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Holzman, Lena Kleinberg
Oral history interview with Lena Kleinberg Holzman
1981 (inclusive)
1 sound cassette (60 min.); transcript: 23 pages
Collection Number
3199 (Accession No. 3199-001)
Tape recorded interview of a Seattle Jewish community member who talks about her father who came to Washington from Poland and his business. She also discusses her activities
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Seattle Jewish community member.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Tape-recorded interview conducted by Howard Droker, M. Buttnick, and Larry Kleinberg on August 23, 1981.

Mrs. Holzman talks about her father, Henry Kleinberg, who came to Eastern Washington from Poland to join his older brother Sam in 1880. A tailor by training, her father peddled, set up a clothing store in Ellensburg, and then went into the hay and feed business since the family had been in the hay and feed business in Poland. He was very prosperous and owned dairy and other farms in the Kittitas Valley and was an early advocate and user of irrigation. Mrs. Holzman talks about her girlhood in Ellensburg where the Kleinbergs were one of two Jewish families. There was very little Jewish content to their lives, though the Dreidels (or Kreiders) and the Kleinbergs spent Jewish holdiays together. Samual Kreidel was mayor of Ellensburg in 1915. When her father sold his business in 1917, the family moved to Seattle. She talks briefly about his business activities - real estate and farming interests - in Seattle and some big losses incurred. She describes the homes the family lived in and her own social life. Her friends were the girls of Temple de Hirsch families.

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

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

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Immigrants--Washington (State)--Ellensburg
  • Jews--Washington (State)--Ellensburg
  • Jews--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Jews--Washington (State)--Seattle--Interviews
  • Personal Names :
  • Holzman, Lena Kleinberg--Archives
  • Kleinberg, Henry
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Buttnick, Meta Bloom, 1913- (creator)
    • Droker, Howard (creator)
    • Kleinberg, Larry (creator)
    • Corporate Names :
    • Jewish Archives (University of Washington) (creator)

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