Oral history interview with Max Kaminoff, 2002  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Kaminoff, Max, 1914-
Oral history interview with Max Kaminoff
2002 (inclusive)
1 sound cassette (ca. 40 min.); transcript: 8 leaves
Collection Number
5334 (Accession No. 5334-001)
Oral history of attorney of Seattle, Washington and Jewish community member explaining Jewish community activities on the 17th Avenue and Yesler Way
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
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Seattle, WA
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Kaminoff was born in 1914 and was an attorney in Seattle, Washington.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Kaminoff discusses his youth on Yesler Way in Seattle's Central District. He explains that 17th Avenue and Yesler Way was the hub of the Jewish community from the 1910's through the mid-1940's. Naming the establishments along Yesler between 17th and 26th Avenue, Kaminoff mentions various stores, bakeries, meat markets, homes of prominent citizens, the Yesler library, his father's grocery store on 26th, and the card room between 19th and 20th. He particularly notes the Bikur Cholim synagogue and the Talmud Torah which were located between 17th and 18th avenues. Kaminoff reminisces about social life in the neighborhood. He also explains that after World War II, the neighborhood began to disperse.

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Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Jewish Lawyers--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Jews--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Jews--Washington (State)--Seattle--Interviews
  • Lawyers--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Personal Names :
  • Kaminoff, Max, 1914- --Interviews
  • Corporate Names :
  • Congregation Bikur Cholim (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Stiefel, Ernest R (creator)
    • Corporate Names :
    • Jewish Archives (University of Washington) (creator)
    • Washington State Jewish Archives (University of Washington)

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

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