Germany Is Exporting Its Grandmas

Merkel's government helps defray costs in a Polish nursing home
In Poland, von Haldenwang celebrates her mother’s 94th birthday Photograph by Bartek Sadowski/Bloomberg

Sonja Miskulin has forgotten Pooki, her beloved cat. She can’t remember whether she has grandchildren and has no recollection of the nine-hour journey that separated her from her German home forever. Suffering from dementia, the wheelchair-bound former translator just celebrated her 94th birthday in a Polish nursing home. Her daughter sent her there in a bid for a better life and more affordable care.

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