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Holocaust survivor wins right to Jewish care

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 15 Feb 2010, 13:24

Published: 15 Feb 2010 13:24 GMT+01:00

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The case dates back to 2007 when the City of Malmö, where Jakub Mangell has been an active member of the Jewish community since his arrival in Sweden, confirmed his right to assistance as a result of dementia.

"It is important for my father to be able to follow the Jewish customs and traditions and so we applied for a place for him in a nursing home in Stockholm. There are only two Jewish nursing homes - in Gothenburg and in Stockholm - and my brother lives in Stockholm," Jakub Mangell's son, Peter Mangell, told The Local on Monday.

The Jewish nursing home is located in the district of Skarpnäck and is privately run but publicly funded. While the district council has no influence over how the home elects to allocate its places, it administers applicants for care within the district.

When the Mangells approached the council to seek a place for Jakub they were told that as the home was full he could only be offered alternative accommodation.

But Jakub Mangell declined this offer, informing Skarpnäck district council that as his application only concerned the Jewish nursing home he was prepared to wait for a place.

Skarpnäck then rejected his application for assistance, arguing that it had met Jakub Mangell's need for care and citing the Local Government Act of 1991, which stipulates that a place must be offered within three months of application.

However when The Local called Stockholm city council on Monday to enquire about the process, it was told:

"A needs assessment is made, and the acceptance of the offer of a place is taken to prove that those needs do in fact exist. This can also include social and psychosocial factors, such as being Jewish," said an administrator at ÄldreDirekt, the council's helpline for elderly care.

The administrator underlined that the needs assessment is there to ensure the most suitable care is offered, adding that the process should be conducted openly with a designated official.

"Free choice is the current practice and one should be able to choose a nursing home. But if you accept the place on offer, you demonstrate the need for care and can then move later when a preferred place becomes available," she told The Local.

Having declined the place, Jakub Mangell lost his right to assistance and could not stand in the queue for the Jewish nursing home; the family thus decided to challenge Skarpnäck's decision in court.

After the Mangells won an initial decision, the district council appealed and won their case in the court of appeal.

But the Supreme Administrative Court has now ruled that, regardless of whether the council was able to offer a place or not, they do not have a right to reject Jakub Mangell's right to assistance.

The Local informed Peter Mangell of the Supreme Administrative Court's decision on Friday to find in favour of his father.

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"I will have to look at the ruling when I receive it and consult with our lawyer before we decide whether to push for compensation," Peter Mangell said.

In the years that it has taken for the process to complete its path through the courts, Jakub Mangell has been in the care of family members in Malmö.

The Local called the Jewish nursing home in Skarpnäck to inquire as to how long an applicant can normally expect to wait before being offered a place.

"Impossible to say, it depends on when people pass away," Kajsa Båkman, the head of the dementia unit at the home, told The Local on Monday.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

16:14 February 15, 2010 by peropaco
This must be the first time a swedish court has voted in favour of a Jew.
17:44 February 15, 2010 by Nemesis
I am glad he won, but he should not have had to take the case in the first place.

They decided to hide there bigtroy behind rules.
17:51 February 15, 2010 by Åskar
I think it's just a case of Stockholm not wanting to pay the fees for someone not living in the commune. Happens all the time.
19:11 February 15, 2010 by wotist
Nemesis, you seem to jump to conclusions a lot. This has got nothing to do with bigotry and everything to do with who foots the bill. Lots of people go through similar battles, e.g. trying to bring their parents to nursing homes in the cities they themselves live, away from where there parents now live. Not having the holocaust angle, they tend to loose if it goes to court. As a rule, communes reject having people moved to nursing homes in their district from other communes as they will then have to foot the bill.
19:40 February 15, 2010 by conboy
Askar maybe it's just a case of not bellying up to the bar and paying your bill after years of profit making on the back of the nazi war machine between 1936 and early 1945.
19:50 February 15, 2010 by Newyork-Växjö
I am glad he won the case! dead to nazis.

Who else is HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR? These gypsys? Homosexuals or disbaled people?

60 Million died and only Jews BECAME so important to the news channels specially THELOCAL. SE :) I hope they can also mention about other Survivors from these sick racists NA-ZIS.
20:13 February 15, 2010 by eZee.se

The local closes comments on a lot of other everyday articles but leaves comments on this one...

like this wouldnt attract the morons from the woodworks..
20:17 February 15, 2010 by conboy
So you like kitchen but not the heat ---- Very Swedish!
01:44 February 16, 2010 by Nordic Prince
I believe that Sweden should support and help out every needy regardless the race or the cultural/philosophical/religious backgrounds. Because that's what humans are for.

Also, I strongly believe that Sweden should NEVER EVER be in a postion where it feels guilty towards Jews. Well, we feel sorry for what happened to them BUT we should recall that we didn't cost them pain, besides, there are many others who suffered badly (Even worse than jews).
08:28 February 16, 2010 by glamshek
When jews got a chance to in Israel, they killed Palestinians. Jews will never get their own peaceful land.
04:24 February 27, 2010 by Twiceshy
There were more Jews in Europe after WWII than before. Funny how many "survivors" there are. Did anyone actually die? No other event in History is it illegal to question. There must be a reason for that. The Church did not like Galileo for questioning them - look at the response. Look who was right.
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