An Auschwitz survivor who avoided doctors for 65 years after he was tested on by Auschwitz “doctor” Josef Mengele who, among other things, removed his kidney without anesthesia
“He is a thin man. His wine-red cardigan is a little too big, and his legs are like matchsticks in his brown pants. Yitzhak Ganon takes care of himself. He’s freshly shaven, his white mustache neatly trimmed. The 85-year-old sits on a gray sofa, with a cushion supporting his back. He is too weak to stand by himself, but he still greets a guest in German: “”Guten Tag.””
Speaking is hard for him. “”Slowly, Abba,”” his daughter Iris says, and brings him a glass of water. Her father has never in his life complained of any pain, she says.
A month ago he came back from his morning walk and lay down. “”Are you sick, Papa?”” Iris asked. “”No, just a little tired,”” Yitzhak Ganon answered, before going to sleep. But after a few hours he was still tired. “”I don’t need a doctor,”” he told his daughter.
The next morning things were even worse. Ganon’s wife and daughter called a doctor, who diagnosed a viral infection and told him to go to the hospital. Ganon resisted, but finally realized his life was in danger. At some point he stopped fighting the doctor’s orders.”