IMMIGRATION: Just Around the Corner

In the 20 months since she had come to the U.S., timid, troubled Ava Miller had tried almost every way she knew to find her one remaining relative, her brother-in-law's sister, who had been in New York City for 14 years. Ava knew that Anna Sobel had married an American doctor, but she did not know his name. Last week, 28-year-old Ava, a refugee from the Nazi invaders of Poland, visited the vast, murmurous city room of the New York Times, looking for help. It was her last hope.

Ava's story had a terrible and familiar ring. Her sister and her...

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