Carer wins sur­vivor’s for­tune

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY JC RE­PORTER

THE CARER of an el­derly Holo­caust sur­vivor has tri­umphed in a High Court bat­tle fought over her £1.3m for­tune.

Tanya Vasileva looked af­ter her friend Gertrude Stan­ley — who had made her home in Lon­don af­ter flee­ing the Nazis — for four years as the oc­to­ge­nar­ian’s health grad­u­ally de­te­ri­o­rated.

Mrs Stan­ley died in De­cem­ber 2009, aged 89, be­liev­ing she had no liv­ing rel­a­tives; her sis­ter died in a con­cen­tra­tion camp. She promised her Hamp­stead flat to Miss Vasileva in re­turn for the years of care she had given her.

But she made no will and a le­gal wran­gle en­sued af­ter pro­fes­sional ge­neal­o­gist Peter Birch­wood traced two dis­tant cousins of Mrs Stan­ley.

Fol­low­ing Mrs Stan­ley’s death, Miss Vasileva — who had cared part-time for the widow since 2005 — moved into her flat.

Act­ing on be­half of Mrs Stan­ley’s es­tate, Mr Birch­wood ar­gued Miss Vasileva was a “tres­passer” who should be made to pay £50,000 for her years of rent-free oc­cu­pa­tion. But His Hon­our Judge Mark Rae­side ruled that Mrs Stan­ley did prom­ise the flat to her carer. He awarded Miss Vasileva £20,000 and dis­missed the claim against her.


An in­stal­la­tion by New York con­cep­tual artist Bar­bara Kruger on dis­play at Mod­ern Art Ox­ford, part of her first ma­jor UK show in years

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