Zhirinovsky wants to sue Germany

June 28, 2006 at 12:21 AM
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MOSCOW, June 27 (UPI) -- Russian right-winger Vladimir Zhirinovsky says he plans to sue Germany for having killed his family during World War II.

The leader of Russia's ultranationalist Liberal Democratic Party also said he would sue Israeli doctors for failing to save his father after he was critically wounded in a bus accident, the Moscow Times reported.

The Nazis invaded Kostopol, Ukraine, in 1941, killing most of Zhirinovsky's family. His father, Volf Eidelshtein, fled to Kazakhstan, where he met Zhirinovsky's mother.

Eidelshtein died in 1983. He is buried in a suburb of Tel Aviv. Zhirinovsky visited his father's grave over the weekend.

"For 60 years, I didn't know anything about my father," Zhirinovsky told reporters Sunday in Tel Aviv, adding that he had been looking for him for a half-century.

The newspaper said Zhirinovsky, a notorious anti-Semite, has acknowledged that his father was Jewish but refused to honor a moment's silence in the State Duma for the Nazis' Jewish victims, saying it would be an insult to the millions of Russians who perished during World War II.

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