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Best Jewish Pic: 103 Year Old Iranian Woman Rescued

by Rob Eshman

February 2, 2009 | 8:23 pm

Heshmat Elyasian

Heshmat Elyasian, nearly 103 years old, at Los Angeles International Airport, where she arrived with her son and his family. An Iranian-Jewish client of HIAS, the international migration agency, Heshmat is the oldest refugee in HIAS records, which date back to 1909, and may be the oldest ever to arrive in the United States. (HIAS)

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