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George Leonof was born to a Russian Jewish family in 1915 in Manchuria. The family moved to Shanghai in 1922 and Leonof attended the British-run Shanghai Public School. He became a newspaper reporter with the China Press. After World War II, he worked for TASS in Shanghai and Beijing. In 1951, Leonof emigrated to Israel and continued as a reporter with the Jerusalem Post. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife, Rita, who was also raised in Shanghai.