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“We’ve been in this position before — he was convicted and sentenced to death not in Germany, but in the state of Israel, and on the face of it on much more convincing evidence than Germany has ever seen — and they were wrong and it led to an acquittal by the Israeli Supreme Court,” he said.
“If the appellate court in Germany takes an honest approach like the Israeli Supreme Court, it will be overturned — I’m confident of that,” he said. “The bigger question is if my father will live that long.”
Demjanjuk’s son said that the nursing home care has been fine but that his father is isolated, with nobody there speaking Ukrainian and only a few with some English, though a Ukrainian priest visits about once a month.
“He’s got a walker and he uses that — as was the case before — and there are good days and bad days,” he said. “All things considered, I think he’s doing OK, but he was certainly happy to see me. It’s definitely a difficult situation for him. He’s alone there.”
It took another legal battle, however, to ensure Demjanjuk still receives the medicine to treat his kidney disease, after Munich authorities said they would no longer pay for it.
The Munich decision was based on a state doctor’s assessment that weekly shots of erythropoietin were unnecessary.
The family appealed the decision and learned Tuesday that Munich city authorities had decided to pay for the medication after all.
The younger Mr. Demjanjuk said he and his father talked primarily about the family and he shared photos of milestones that his father had missed, like birthdays, sports events and the high school graduation of a granddaughter. He said his mother, 86, is in failing health herself and was not able to visit.
For the most part, Demjanjuk’s son said his father remains stoic about his situation while steadfastly maintaining his innocence.
“He’s not angry. That’s the amazing thing … he just deals with things in front of him,” he said. “He doesn’t understand why he’s in Germany and blamed for the deeds of others, but he’s a survivor.”
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