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Joseph Kazakoff Dead at 58

Joseph Kazakoff, 58, who was allowed to emigrate from the Soviet Union to Israel in 1971 after a strenuous campaign by one of his sons, Yasha, was killed last week in an automobile accident near here. His body was sent to Israel for burial. Yasha, now living in Israel, staged a hunger strike near the United Nations to help obtain his father’s departure from the Soviet Union. A transport engineer in the Soviet Union, Mr. Kazakoff ran into problems as a settler in Israel in finding work suited to his professional training and he left Israel for Belgium and then for Canada with his other son, Alexander, His wife, mother, Yasha and a daughter remained in Israel. Alexander is a student in Toronto where his father had resided during the past year.