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Beys Afroyim

* 1893 in Polska
+ 1984

Beys Afroyim was a Jewish painter born as Ephraim Bernstein in Ryki, Poland. In 1912 he immigrated to the United States. In 1926 he became naturalized as a U.S. citizen. In 1950 he moved to Israel; being Jewish, Afroyim was automatically granted Israeli citizenship under the Law of Return.[1] He voted in an Israeli election in 1951. In 1960, Afroyim tried to renew his U.S. passport, but the State Department refused on the ground that he had lost his citizenship by voting in a foreign election. Afroyim sued Dean Rusk in his official capacity as Secretary of State and head of the State Department, which is responsible both for issuing passports and for dealing with loss of citizenship.... After winning the case he was still quite upset with his treatment. He was the husband of well-known painter Soshana Afroyim.



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