REFUGEES: One in a Million

At New York's Idlewild Airport last week a ten-year-old boy bounded down the steps of a chartered Pan American flight from Munich. Young Andrejs Suritis was born in a Bavarian displaced persons camp to Latvian parents who originally fled Riga in 1944, hours ahead of the Red army. Now he was bound for Kalamazoo, Mich., where his mother already has a job as a seamstress and his father expects to find work as a radio technician.

On the same plane were 79 other Europeans cleared for immigration into the U.S., including a biochemist, whose entry into the U.S. was...

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