Family Reunited After 30 Years

After a separation of 30 years, the horrors of Auschwitz and endless paperwork, a Brooklyn brother and sister from the Soviet Union, her husband and their six daughters and grandson were reunited yesterday afternoon. United Hias Service is sponsoring the resettlement of three generations in the family whose members range in age from 16 months to 60 years. The emotional reunion took place at Kennedy Airport a short while after Alitalia Flight $610 landed. The family of Brooklyn butcher Leo Albramaovich was reunited with his sister Shprintza, and her husband Geize, their six daughters and grandson.

For the first time, the six daughters Ida, Blima, Chaya, Serena, Olga, Gellini and grandson Oleg Sabov who left the USSR early Jan., met the Albramaovich family. The Sabov’s spent the last several weeks in Rome being processed for immigration to the United States. “Of course we’re excited,” said Mrs. Albramaovich, as she awaited the family’s arrival. “I just hope all the beds have been delivered by the time we return home.” The Sabov family plans to settle in Brooklyn.

Albramaovich has not seen his sister Shprintza since he emigrated to the U.S. after World War II, and has never seen his nieces. Now he is the sponsor of an extended family of six single daughters including a teacher, radio technician, veterinarian and seamstress. “At least there will be enough meat for our new mishpacha,” he laughed. The new arrivals will be helped in their settlement by NYANA (New York Association for New Americans), a cooperating agency of HIAS. United HIAS last year resettled a record 2300 Soviet Jews in the U.S. and other Western countries. This year the agency expects to resettle more than 5100 Jews worldwide, 2800 of them Russian emigres in the United States.

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