The ‘rehabilitation’ of George Soros

· July 20, 2018  
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A piece at the New York Times rehashes — or rather, rewrites — history that centers on the billionaire George Soros and his recent lament that after all that he’s done, his efforts at what many might call a one-world society are all for naught.

Usually the New York Times advocates against corporate greed, hedge fund managers, and the unseemly wealthy, but of course, since he fits and supports the paper’s ideology, Soros gets to replace his history with the indignant, I-defy-you-to-prove-it response to the often repeated questions about his role as a Nazi collaborator; gets to be the hero follower of Karl Popper, when what he actually does is distort Popper’s message for his own purposes; gets to claim do-gooder status as a proponent of Planned Parenthood, a death camp to the Nth power; all to promote empathy for this truly twisted, egotistical ideological mastermind.

While reading this 9,000-word love-fest, which would leave the uninformed believing he is pretty close to Jesus Christ, one cannot forget that at the time that Soros confiscated property from his fellow Jews in Hungary as they boarded trains to death camps, the New York Times made a “conscious decision to bury the paper’s Holocaust coverage.”

Also unforgettable: A Steven Kroft interview from 1998 in which Soros says straight up that he indeed did confiscate property from his fellow Jews while posing as a Christian and a Nazi. He then speaks outside himself, noting that if he didn’t do it, someone else would, so he had nothing to do with it. Convenient responses like this make sense only to the Left, just as their hatred of the rich makes sense only if they benefit from the money.

From that 20-year-old interview:

KROFT: My understanding is that you went out with this protector of yours who swore that you were his adopted godson.

Mr. SOROS: Yes. Yes.

KROFT: Went out, in fact, and helped in the confiscation of property from the Jews.

Mr. SOROS: Yes. That’s right. Yes.

KROFT: I mean, that’s–that sounds like an experience that would send lots of people to the psychiatric couch for many, many years. Was it difficult?

Mr. SOROS: Not–not at all. Not at all. Maybe as a child you don’t–you don’t see the connection. But it was–it created no–no problem at all.

KROFT: No feeling of guilt?

Mr. SOROS: No.

KROFT: For example that, ‘I’m Jewish and here I am, watching these people go. I could just as easily be there. I should be there.’ None of that?

Mr. SOROS: Well, of course I c–I could be on the other side or I could be the one from whom the thing is being taken away. But there was no sense that I shouldn’t be there, because that was–well, actually, in a funny way, it’s just like in markets–that if I weren’t there–of course, I wasn’t doing it, but somebody else would–would–would be taking it away anyhow. And it was the–whether I was there or not, I was only a spectator, the property was being taken away. So the–I had no role in taking away that property. So I had no sense of guilt.  (George Soros, 60 Minutes interview transcript, December 20, 1998)

But the Times decided to massage that quite a bit, adding a point that before his father got false identities for his family to escape inevitable genocide, young George was told by his father to deliver deportation notices to the Jews while still a Jew himself and his father a wealthy lawyer. But, the Times makes sure to note, George’s dad told him to deliver those notices while telling the recipients to ignore them. How neat. Also, notice that the Times calls the Nazi collaborator who swore to take George in as his Christian godson simply a “Hungarian agricultural official,” then applies a disinfectant to what George and the Nazi collaborator did together, something that George admitted to Kroft.

According to Soros, 1944 was the formative year of his life. The Nazis invaded Hungary and immediately began deporting Jews. To save his family, his father, Tivadar Soros, a lawyer, obtained false identities for George, who was then 13, and his older brother, Paul. One day, George was ordered to deliver summonses on behalf of the Jewish Council. Tivadar, recognizing that they were essentially deportation notices, instructed his son to tell the recipients not to heed them. Soon after, Tivadar arranged for Paul to move into a rented room and sent George to live with a Hungarian agricultural official, who passed him off as his Christian godson. The official’s job included taking inventory of a confiscated Jewish-owned property; he took George with him. These episodes have become the basis for the claim that George was a Nazi collaborator. In fact, though, there is no credible evidence that he collaborated with or was sympathetic to the Nazis.

The Times suggests Soros and his father didn’t know that to collaborate with the Nazis to save their own skins was tantamount to being one.

Back to the Kroft interview, from a transcript of a YouTube video of the interview:

KROFT: You’re a Hungarian Jew…

Mr. SOROS: Mm-hmm.

KROFT: …who escaped the Holocaust…

Mr. SOROS: Mm-hmm.

(Vintage footage of people getting on train)

KROFT: …by–by posing as a Christian.

Mr. SOROS: Right.

(Vintage footage of women helping each other get on train; train door closing with people in boxcar)

KROFT: And you watched lots of people get shipped off to the death camps.

Mr. SOROS: Right. I was 14 years old. And I would say that that’s when my character was made.

KROFT: In what way?

Mr. SOROS: That one should think ahead. One should understand and–and anticipate events and when–when one is threatened. It was a tremendous threat of evil. I mean, it was a–a very personal experience of evil.”

Also in that very revealing video, George Soros says there is no God, and he claims to have tamed his own “messianic” tendencies, so in fact, the biggest problem with all of his so-called do-gooder drivel is that without God, he cannot possibly be doing good, and he posed as a Christian just to save his own skin.

It’s not a surprise that the New York Times idolizes George Soros; it’s just worth pointing out that the paper is up to its old ways of burying the horrific things its heroes do for world power.


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Author: Jen Kuznicki

Jen Kuznicki is a contributor to Conservative Review, a blue-collar wife and mom, a political writer, humorist, and conservative activist, a seamstress by trade, and compelled to write. Follow her on Twitter @JenKuznicki.