Oral history interview with Vladimir Plotkin, 1987  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Plotkin, Vladimir, 1949-
Oral history interview with Vladimir Plotkin
1987 (inclusive)
2 sound cassettes; transcript: 47 pages
Collection Number
3860 (Accession No. 3860-001)
Tape-recorded interview of a Jewish American who describes various Jewish experiences in Seattle
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Tape-recorded interview conducted by Mildred Rosenbaum on 2/14/87.

The interview concerns the Plotkin family's emigration from Leningrad via Vienna and Rome to Seattle. He tells about the advancement of his family from a JFS-supplied tiny apartment to a large house in Mountlake Terrace. He discusses his feelings about not having help to stay in his field of anthropology in Academia, about his feelings about his children's public school education (2 daughters - age 10 & 7), about his own personal struggle to define himself as a Jew ( as an atheist), about the attitude of some of the other Russian Jews whose children go to one of the Jewish schools, about his brother-in-law's much more warm experience toward the Jewish community in being settled in Tacoma, about the difference in resettlement problems between Jews from Russia's urban cities (Moscow and Leningrad) as compared to those from the Baltic (Lithuania and Latvia) and Balkan (cities now Russian that were Russian and Hungarian) regions of Russia. He tells about the warm reception the Russian Jews had from Chabad. He ends with telling about the demonstration some of the Russian Jews organized today to hand out flyers of information to the Russian Government Minister of Sports who was here in Seattle to meet with the Goodwill Games Committee about the next international games which are going to be in Seattle.

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Atheists--Washington (State)--Seattle--Interviews
  • Immigrants--Washington (State)--Seattle--Interviews
  • Jews, Russian--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Jews, Russian--Washington (State)--Seattle--Interviews
  • Jews, Soviet Union
  • Jews--Education--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Jews--Washington (State) --Seattle--Identity
  • Personal Names :
  • Plotkin, Vladimir, 1949- --Archives
  • Corporate Names :
  • Chabad Lubavitch (Organization). North-West Regional Office
  • Geographical Names :
  • Soviet Union--Emigration and immigration
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Rosenbaum, Mildred Hardin (creator)
    • Corporate Names :
    • Jewish Archives (University of Washington) (creator)
    • Washington State Jewish Archives (University of Washington)

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  • Subject Terms :
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • Washington State Jewish Archives (University of Washington)