Install

Get the latest updates as we post them — right on your browser

. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Zhirinovsky Finds His Father Finally in an Israeli Cemetery

Notorious anti-Semite Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the flamboyant leader of the ultranationalist Liberal Democratic Party, has made a pilgrimage to his father's grave in Israel.

"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.

Zhirinovsky's father, Volf Eidelshtein, died in 1983, at the age of 76. He is buried in a suburb of Tel Aviv.

Volf Eidelshtein was born in 1907 in Kostopol, then part of Poland and now in Ukraine. The Nazis invaded Kostopol in 1941, killing most of Zhirinovsky's family. His father fled to Alma-Ata, in Kazakhstan, where he met Zhirinovsky's mother, Alexandra Zhirinovsky.

After the war, under Stalin's orders, Volf Eidelshtein was sent to Poland. Zhirinovsky was a few months old at the time. In 1949, Zhirinovsky's father and uncle left for Israel.

Despite Zhirinovsky's Jewish roots, he is known for his many anti-Jewish proclamations -- accusing Jews of ruining Russia, selling Russian women abroad as prostitutes, hawking healthy Russian children and organs to Western bidders and provoking the Holocaust.

Zhirinovsky acknowledged in a 2001 book that his father had been Jewish -- his mother was a Gentile, making Zhirinovsky non-Jewish, according to Jewish law -- but refused to honor a moment's silence in the State Duma for the Nazis' Jewish victims. Doing so, he said, would have been a grave insult to the millions of Russians who perished during World War II.

Now Zhirinovsky plans to sue Germany for having killed his family. He also said he would sue Israeli doctors for failing to save his father after he was critically wounded in a bus accident. And he hinted at legal action against Ukraine, saying his family had a timber factory in Kostopol and he wanted it back.