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Katz Family Given Exit Visas

November 16, 1978
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Moscow refusniks Boris and Natasha Katz, whose sick infant daughter, Jessica, became a cause celebre, have received exit visas to rejoin her mother and brother in the United States, according to the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry and the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews. Sen. Edward Kennedy (D. Mass.) was promised their emigration during a visit to the USSR in September, but permission came only now. The Katzes were told they must leave the USSR by Dec. 4. Jessica suffered from a malabsorption syndrome, which made her unable to ingest anything but Pregestinil, an American formula brought in by tourists. The Katzes’ plight was brought to public attention by the Boston-based Action for Soviet Jewry.

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