Ilya Levin may have served his country by fighting in World War II, but that wasn’t enough for the 95-year-old’s landlord to reconsider evicting him from his Boston apartment.
To make matters worse, not only is Levin now without a place to live, but he’s also recovering from pneumonia, WCVB-TV reported.
The only thing Levin was able to recover from his apartment was his military uniform after everything inside was thrown out by mistake by the building’s management company.
Levin’s family found the apartment empty last week when they went to check up on it as the veteran recovers from pneumonia at a rehab facility.
Levin’s son, Alex, said he hasn’t yet told his father what happened. The veteran still plans on returning home when he recovers from his illness.
“I’m shaking,” Alex Levin told WCVB. “I can’t believe it.”
It is unclear why all his things were thrown out, as the rent was paid two months in advance. Levin had lived there for more than 25 years.
“They had no right to come in here without notice,” Levin’s other son, Eugene, told WCVB.
All of the mementos from Levin’s long life are gone. Also missing is a safe that Levin had bolted to the closet floor and his gold wedding band.
“He had a little place where he would have all his pictures,” Eugene said. “His pictures of his parents that died during the Holocaust, it’s gone. It’s not here.”
The office of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is looking into the incident.