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PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 11/13/1952 - HFSID 33651

JOHN F. KENNEDY John F. Kennedy sends a typed letter in reference to Theodore K. Yantshev. Typed Letter Signed: "John Kennedy" as Congressman, 1p, 8x10½. Washington, D.C., 1952 November 13. To lawyer Francis C. Newton, Jr., Esq., Powers & Hall, Boston.

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JOHN F. KENNEDY
John F. Kennedy sends a typed letter in reference to Theodore K. Yantshev.
Typed Letter Signed: "John Kennedy" as Congressman, 1p, 8x10½. Washington, D.C., 1952 November 13. To lawyer Francis C. Newton, Jr., Esq., Powers & Hall, Boston. In full: "I have received your letters of November 7th, and November 12th, and enclosures, with further reference to your concern about the Theodore K. Yantshev case. Enclosed (not present) you will find a copy of the letter I have just received from Mr. A.R. Mackey, Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service of the Department of Justice, here in Washington, which speaks for itself. However, in view of the additional information you have submitted, I have requested Commissioner Mackey to further review this particular case, with a view toward giving Mr. Yantshev's application for permission to re-enter this country his favorable consideration. As Soon as I receive your brief, which you are preparing, I shall be happy to present that to Mr. Mackey for his attention and study. When I hear anything further from the above-mentioned Service, I shall again communicate with you. With kind regards, I am, Sincerely yours," THEODORE KONSTANTIN YANTSHEV was born in 1926 in Sofia, Bulgaria. He attended the Bulgaria University of Technical Sciences, studying electrical engineering (1945-1946). Yantshev was president of an anti-Communist organization at the university and through this position was an intimate of Petkov, leader of the Bulgarian Peasant Party, who was subsequently executed for his opposition to Communism. With the help of an American naval officer, Yantshev escaped to the United States as a stowaway on the American ship S.S. Juliet Victory in the spring of 1946. In June 1946 he came to Boston, where he was employed at an electrical engineering laboratory at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In July 1947, Yantshev's presence came to the attention of United States immigration authorities and a warrant for deportation back to Bulgaria was issued against him. In April 1948, Yantshev obtained a passport to go to Argentina, where he had an uncle and from where he planned to apply to re-enter the United States legally. In Argentina, he worked as an electrical technician until his number on the Bulgarian quota for immigration to the United States came up, at which point he applied for readmission. His application was rejected. John F. Kennedy and other members of Congress tried to obtain a visa for Yantshev, but since Yantshev had no relatives living in the United States, he was required to prove that his admission would be an asset to the country, in his case as an electrical technician in the growing defense industry. By April 1955, when a visa to enter the U.S. was granted, Yantshev had married an Argentinean citizen, which allowed him to enter the United States legally. Economic hardships and threats against his family in Bulgaria from the Communists prevented him from doing so, and he remained in Argentina. Rust paper clip stain at upper margin. Slightly creased. Overall, fine condition.

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