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Boris Katz was born in Russia in 1923. In January 1931, he and his family left Moscow for Shanghai. They took a train across Siberia to Vladivostok, where they remained for a month. They then moved on to Harbin, in Manchuria, and stayed there six months. Just before the Japanese invasion of Manchuria, in September 1931, he and his family left for Shanghai, where they remained until after the end of World War II. In 1947, Mr. Katz left Shanghai to attend the University of California at Berkeley.