This is the text of the e-mail I received (in German), translated to English:
Dear Ernst Fuchs-Friends!
We are shocked by the false and defamatory article in the German "Stern" on the allegedly neglected state of Ernst Fuchs. It's incredible that a once prestigious magazine as the "Stern" would take advantage of the kindness of Ernst Fuchs, ignoring every journalistic Code and stooping to such a coverage. They did not even shy away from taking pictures of Ernst Fuchs in his sleep.
No wonder that the editions of this "news magazine" were practically halved in the last few years.
We immediately contacted journalists on the day of publication of this defamation story and invited them to visit Ernst Fuchs spontaneously. The reporters of the "Krone", of the "Kurier" and of the daily newspaper "Österreich" have accepted our invitation and were able to convince themselves that Ernst Fuchs is well, and that surrounded by his art and his life's work he can lead an independent life, which for many other people of his age is not possible. The items we attached to this blog.
We are writing these lines to you in the first place,to dispel your possibly existing, but as we said unwarranted worries, should you have read this untrue article. The article is so tendentiously written that it discredits itself, and any detailed comment is superfluous.
But we would also like you to know that Ernst Fuchs and his family will not tolerate this degrading, contrary to all rules of decency, public defamation and that after consultation with a specialist lawyer all the applicable legal steps will be taken immediately.
On behalf of the Fuchs family
The contentious and defamatory article is on page 62 in the German magazine STERN, issue Nr. 21, 13.5.2015.
the magazine is available in news outlets throughout Europe, primarily in German-speaking countries.
Here are the reactions of Austrian newspapers:
Below find links to the Newspaper articles of the
"Kurier", "Österreich" and the "Kronenzeitung"
Articles are in German, pdf files open in separate window
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