Israeli hospitals fight over US Jew's inheritance

March 13, 2006 03:35


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The death of a quiet clothing merchant in America's Appalachian coal country is reverberating in the Holy Land as two leading Israeli hospitals wage a legal battle over the man's estate of more than $5 million. The dispute has shed light on the intriguing life of Max Lewin, a Holocaust survivor who made his way to West Virginia after World War II and, unknown to even his loved ones, amassed a fortune. Lewin, who died in August 2002 at age 83, willed roughly half his life's savings to "Hadasa Hospital" in Tel Aviv. The problem: wrong spelling, wrong city. The Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center and the parent organization of Jerusalem's Hadassah Hospital are both staking claims to the money. A West Virginia judge's ruling is expected soon.

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