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Dr. Boris Surovitch, Ort Leader, Dies in New York; Was 72

Dr. Boris Surovitch, one of the leaders of the World ORT Union, who traveled throughout the world on behalf of the ORT, died here yesterday after an illness of several months. He was 72. He lived in the United States since 1935.

Dr. Surovitch was born in the Crimea and was active in the anti-Czarist underground from an early age. In 1907 he was one of the leaders of a group of Mensheviks who opposed and broke with Lenin’s Bolsheviks. After the Russian Revolution he was active in relief work for Jews in Russia and collaborated in this work with the Joint Distribution Committee. In 1921 he fled the Soviet Union to Poland.