Oral history interview with Dennis Warshal, 2014  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Warshal, Dennis
Oral history interview with Dennis Warshal
2014 (inclusive)
Originals as received: 1 digital audio file (WAV format) and 1 computer file (PDF format)
Collection Number
5965 (Accession No. 5965-001)
Oral history with a member of the Seattle Jewish community.
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

Dennis Warshal is a member of the Seattle family who owned Warshal's Sporting Goods store. He is the son of William and Edith Rubin Warshal. As a child, Warshal sang in the Junior Choir at Temple de Hirsch in Seattle. He later graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Communications. Over the years, Dennis Warshal has been an active participant in Seattle's Jewish organizations, including Jewish Family Service, Temple de Hirsch, and the Washington State Jewish Historical Society. He works as an event planner and steel sculptor; Mr. Warshal sculpted the steel award given to recipients of the Washington State Jewish Historical Society's Nizkor Award each year. Other Warshal sculptures are at the Kline Galland Home and at Temple de Hirsch.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

In his oral history, Warshal discusses: his early years growing up in Seattle's Madrona neighborhood; the history of Warshal's Sporting Goods; post-WWII downtown Seattle; his activities in the Jewish community; special recognition received by Warshal from Jewish community organizations; growing up in Bellevue; and the circumstances of his uncle's death in WWII while a P.O.W.

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Forms part of the Washington State Jewish Archives

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Alternative Forms Available

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.

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Jewish men--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Jews--Washington (State)--Seattle--Interviews
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)
  • Sculptors--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Jewish
  • Personal Names :
  • Warshal, Dennis--Interviews
  • Corporate Names :
  • Warshal's Sporting Goods (Seattle, Wash.)--History
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Saran, Craig (interviewer)
    • Corporate Names :
    • Washington State Jewish Archives (University of Washington) (creator)