Oral history interview with Martin D. Metzon, 1954-1986  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Metzon, Martin D
Oral history interview with Martin D. Metzon
1954-1986 (inclusive)
3 sound cassettes
Collection Number
3856 (Accession No. 3856-001)
Tape-recorded interview of Seattle Jewish community member concerning early life in Denmark, family background and employment in the book business
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

Mr. Metzon arrived in the U.S. in June, 1953 after a brief detainment on Ellis Island. He was initially affiliated with Temple de Hirsch and later with the newly founded Temple Beth Am which was then located at Unitarian Church (1956-57). He was president of Temple Beth Am 1975-77. After studying for his CPA at the University of Washington, he joined the firm of Moss Adams where he worked as secretary to the Danish Vice-Consul (the Danish Consulate was located in same accounting office). He later became Vice-Consul himself.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The interview concerns Mr. Metson's early life in Denmark, his family background, and employment in the book business. It describes in detail the rescue evacuation of Danish Jews to Sweden in 1943 in which Mr. Metzon was personally involved and the special treatment of Danish Jews deported to Theresienstadt. He also discusses his establishment in Seattle, his early employment, his temple affiliation, studying for CPA at University of Washington, later employment, and club affiliations.

Tape-recorded interview conducted by Eric Offenbacker on 11/18/86 and 12/3/86. Accession also includes a family tree, immigration papers, clippings, and a newsletter (1954-1973).

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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.

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

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Denmark
  • Jews--Denmark
  • Jews--Denmark--Interviews
  • Jews--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Jews--Washington (State)--Seattle--Interviews
  • Personal Names :
  • Metzon, Martin D.--Archives
  • Corporate Names :
  • B'nai B'rith. Seattle Lodge No. 503 (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Moss Adams Consulting Group
  • Temple Beth Am (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Offenbacher, Eric, 1912-2009 (interviewer)
    • Corporate Names :
    • Washington State 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)