Sonia Jassen papers, 1923-1969  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Jassen, Sonia
Sonia Jassen papers
1923-1969 (inclusive)
1 folder; 1 sound cassette
Collection Number
2906 (Accession No. 2906-001)
Tape recorded interview, documents and salt mine photographs of a Jewish community member who emigrated from Europe on the ship Mauritania
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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Tape recorded interview conducted by R. C. Berner on 17 Nov 1969 at the home of Jassen's son Charles. Accession also includes copies of two documents, 6 photographs, and the passenger list of the ship "Mauritania" dated 28 July, 1923.

Interview covers family migration to Israel from Sebastopol in 1919, conditions in Palestine at that time, the general poverty, and British and Arab persecutions. Reference is made to the first salt mine operation established by a Mr. Surdin. From the related documents (A.D.S., 21 Sept 1936, Allit, Palestine) this appeared to be British owned, although Jassen is sure that the "French" financed it. Two photographs are of this salt mine. The Jassen and Twersky families emigrated from Europe on the "Mauritania".

Note: Jassen's passport bears a birthdate of 1892 but this is incorrect as she was born in 1895. Also, all documents bear a variant spelling: Yassen or Yassin.

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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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Informant's/creator's rights dedicated to the public. May be used for research, instruction, publication or similar purposes.

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Immigrants--Washington (State)--Seattle--Interviews
  • Jews, Russian--Palestine--Interviews
  • Jews, Russian--Washington (State)--Seattle--Interviews
  • Personal Names :
  • Jassen, Sonia--Archives
  • Corporate Names :
  • Palestine Salt Company
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Berner, Richard C (creator)

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