Oral history interview with Regina Amira, 2018  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Amira, Regina
Oral history interview with Regina Amira
2018 (inclusive)
Originals as received: 1 digital audio file (WAV format); 1 electronic text file (PDF format)
Collection Number
6247 (Accession No. 6247-001)
Oral history interview of Regina Amira (née Barkey) conducted by Susan Weingarten and Ruth Sassoon
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

Regina Amira (née Barkey) was born in 1932 on the Island of Rhodes and later in her childhood lived as a Jewish refugee in Tangier, Morocco. In 1946 she immigrated with her family to Seattle where they lived and worked, attended school and synagogue, and where she later met her husband, Victor. When her children were young, she worked for a short time as a secretary at King County Medical Service. She went on to have a thirty-year secretarial career with Garfield High School and was involved in several Jewish community organizations.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Oral history interview of Regina Amira conducted by Susan Weingarten and Ruth Sassoon on September 21, 2018. In this interview, Amira tells of her family background and her childhood in the Island of Rhodes until the age of seven; the transition to life as a refugee in Morocco before coming to the United States after World War II; her impressions of Seattle and her new life in this country; meeting her husband Victor and a California sojourn as a serviceman's wife; her position working at King County Medical and a long-time career at Garfield High School; activities at Ezra Bessaroth, Sephardic Bikur Holim Sisterhood, and Mizrachi Women; teaching Sephardic cooking; enjoying her children and grandchildren; and counting her blessings. Includes transcript and recording.

Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

Forms part of the Washington State Jewish Archives.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

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 copyrights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections.

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Immigrants--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Jewish women--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)
  • Secretaries--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Personal Names :
  • Amira, Regina--Interviews
  • Corporate Names :
  • Bikur Cholim Sisterhood (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Garfield High School (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Sephardic Bikur Holim Congregation (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Sassoon, Ruth (interviewer)
    • Weingarten, Susan (interviewer)
    • Corporate Names :
    • Washington State Jewish Archives (University of Washington)