IMMIGRATION: New Chance in Life

Into New York harbor last week sailed the first entire shipload of refugees to enter the U.S. under the Refugee Relief Act of 1953. "We come with gratitude," said Hans Freer, 34, one of 1,243 refugees aboard the chartered U.S. Navy transport General Langfitt. Freer's arrival with his family amounted to a near miracle of deliverance : his wife had been a Soviet slave laborer, he was buffeted about Europe by Nazis and Communists for 15 years, and for a time it seemed unlikely that many refugees would ever reach the U.S. under the 1953 relief act. Last week, after...

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