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Roosevelt Edict to Reunite Polish Mother and Son in U.S.

April 6, 1934
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President Roosevelt has made it possible for Mrs. Celina Rozga, widowed seamstress, to join the son from whom she has been separated in 1913, it was learned today when Mrs. Rozga received word that she would be able to enter the United States. President Roosevelt interceded after the Warsaw rabbinate had addressed a petition to him urging him to aid the mother and son to reunite.

Following the death of her husband, the Jewish mother had to leave her four-year-old son with her mother-in-law in a Polish village. She lost track of them during the war. In the meantime, the grandmother and child emigrated to the United States.

The mother, hoping to find her son, left Poland for the Argentine from where she tried to enter the United States unsuccessfully. She inserted an advertisement in a New York Jewish newspaper but, receiving no answer, returned to Poland.

The son meanwhile, having seen the advertisement, wrote to the Argentine and went down there to find his mother, but arrived too late, and returned to the United States. He now lives in Cleveland.

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