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Two Soviet Jewish Families Reunited in the U.s

May 23, 1972
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Two family reunions involving Soviet Jews took place late yesterday when two planes landed at Kennedy Airport on direct flights from Moscow, it was reported by United Hias Service, the worldwide Jewish migration agency. Bertha Braun arrived together with her 20-year-old daughter, Maria, to join her sister Helen Itzkowitz of Brooklyn, N.Y., ending a separation of over 20 years. Mrs. Braun, a widow, comes from Vinogradov, a city in the Carpathian region. Maria plans to continue her schooling here. The newcomers will be assisted in their resettlement by the New York Association for New Americans.

Herman and Laya Braun (no relationship to the other arriving family) and their 15-year-old son, Peter, will be reunited with Morris Braun of Bridgeport, Conn., who had not seen his brother since they were sent to different concentration camps during World War II. A third brother resides in Los Angeles. The family will be resettled in Bridgeport, Conn., with the aid of the local Jewish Family Service. An older son, Josef, who was unable to leave directly for the US with his parents, has already been assisted in reaching Rome where he is being processed for US immigration under the US Attorney General’s parole authority. This family comes from Chust, in the Carpathian region.

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