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Sunday, May 08, 2011

Anti-semites living dangerously

Here is a delightful anti-semitic piece from Bare Naked Islam. Of course, attacking George Soros is OK because he's a "fake Jew" (says the anti-semite who thinks Jews should all eat pork).

Note that acc. to BNI George Soros "pushed people into gas chambers and said it was fun". Now Uncle Jimmy (a big fan) assures us that BNI "invariably links back to reputable sources", so where is her/its source for this? Ah, BNI's own post here which quotes Glenn Beck as saying:

Here’s a Jewish boy helping send the Jews to the death camps. I am certainly not saying George Soros enjoyed that, even had a choice — I mean, he’s 14 years old. He was surviving.

Quite. But for BNI whose hatred of Soros is perhaps greater than even her hatred of Obama, that just won't do. A fourteen-year-old boy trying not to be outed as a Jew and staying alive by handling property confiscated from Holocaust victims: pah, he might even get sympathy. Far better to make up a story that he not only enjoyed it but that he "pushed people into gas chambers". Again, for all her quotes from Soros and others, where does this "fact" come from?

Elsewhere in those two posts she praises Beck's list of Jewish contributors to the "Big Lie", as well as linking to a piece which decries Mark, Trotsky, Chomsky and Soros as "radical non-Jewish Jews". See how hard it is when you hate Jews but have to cover your ass? Like when you hate the idea of a black president but have to pretend he's a Muslim in the hope of not being spotted as a racist?

But what about George Soros's claim that the ten months of the Nazi occupation were the happiest time of his life? Well, let's read the whole quotation (linked here from an article critical of Soros's wartime exploits, in case anyone thinks it's been tidied up):

"I cannot be objective about this book. It deals with the formative period of my life. And it is written by my father, who was the most important figure in my life at that time...
"The Germans occupied Hungary on March 19, 1944. We were liberated by the Russians on January 12, 1945. During those 10 months, we lived in mortal danger. More than half the Jews living in Hungary, and perhaps a third of the Jews living in Budapest, perished during that time. I and my family survived...

"It is a sacrilegious thing to say, but these ten months were the happiest times of my life. I was 14 years old. We were in great peril, but my father was seemingly in command of the situation. I was aware of the dangers, because my father spent a lot of time explaining them to me, but I did not believe in my heart of hearts that I could get hurt. We were pursued by evil forces and we were clearly on the side of the angels, because we were unjustly persecuted; moreover, we were trying not only to save ourselves but also to save others. The odds were against us, but we seemed to have the upper hand. What more could a 14-year-old want? I adored and admired my father. We led an adventurous life and we had fun together."

How different it sounds when BNI hasn't simply taken a few words out of context like the lying anti-semitic swine she/it is.

Here is Soros himself on the issue:


How did George Soros survive the Nazi regime during World War II?

Adolf Eichmann, the German Nazi in charge of organizing the mass deportation and slaughter of Jews in Eastern Europe, planned to kill 650,000 Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust.

In March of 1944 the Nazis invaded Hungary and began pursuing that goal. They occupied Budapest, home to the Soros family. George Soros was 13.

With other Jewish schoolchildren, he was summoned to work as a courier for the Jewish Council. His father, Tivadar, quickly realized the notices George was ordered to deliver were going to an alphabetical list of Jewish lawyers, and that they were being registered to expedite their deportation to death camps. He instructed his son to deliver the notices but to warn the recipients of their real purpose – and then to stop working for the Council.

Tivadar was also an attorney, and he understood it was only a matter of time before he received such a notice. (It was later found that more than 600 Jewish lawyers who responded to the notices were killed.) Having survived as a prisoner of war in Siberia during World War I, he began planning ways for the family to evade identification and deportation to the death camps.

By April, Tivadar had obtained false identities for each of the four members of the family. (George assumed the identity of a young Romanian man his age named “Sandor Kiss.”) They abandoned their apartment, leaving it in the care of Tivador’s secretary. Each moved to a separate location in or around Budapest. Tivadar and a friend built a windowless hideout in a building owned by his mother-in-law and lived there for the duration of the war. If family members needed to speak with him, they met him at a public bath. Tivadar continued to create false identities for other Jews and saved many other lives during this period.

Paid to hide George Soros

Tivadar paid an employee at the Ministry of Agriculture, Baumbach, to let George live with him in Budapest and pretend he was his godson. (Baumbach’s Jewish wife had found a hiding place in the countryside with Tivadar’s help.) One day Baumbach received an assignment from the Ministry to inventory the country estate of an affluent Jewish aristocrat who had given up his estate in return for permission to flee to Lisbon. Baumbach carried George along for the three-day project, unwilling to leave him alone in Budapest. George was watched by the staff, who accepted him as a young Christian named Sandor Kiss.

This is how Michael Kaufman describes the events:

Within days of arriving at Baumbach’s, George went for a walk into the Buda hills, where lost in a daydream he moved beyond the city limits. When he turned back, he was stopped by Hungarian gendarmes. “I remember it quite clearly,” he recalled. “I had just arrived at Baumbach’s…I had walked too far. I was frightened but nothing happened. It was the first test of my using a false name and I passed it.”

While he was living with Baumbach as Sandor Kiss, an event occurred that more than half a century later would become the basis of charges that George Soros, the international financier and billionaire, had somehow collaborated with Nazi occupiers of his homeland and had exploited his fellow Jews. The issue was raised in a bizarre television profile and interview of Soros aired on the CBS television program 60 Minutes in December of 1998. In the segment, Steve Kroft, the interviewed, noted with prosecutorial gusto that George’s father had “bribed a government official to swear that you were his godson,” and added that this survival strategy “carried a heavy price tag.” For, he continued, “as hundreds of thousands of Jews were being shipped off to the Nazi death camps, a thirteen-year-old George Soros accompanied his phony godfather on his rounds, confiscating property from the Jews.” Visibly dumbfounded by the line of questioning, Soros could only manage to say that he had no role in the seizure of property and was merely a spectator. To underscore Kroft’s point, film footage showed masses of Hungarian Jews being led away at gunpoint.

This is what actually happened. Shortly after George went to live with Baumbach, the man was assigned to take inventory on the vast estate of Mor Kornfeld, an extremely wealthy aristocrat of Jewish origin. The Kornfeld family had the wealth, wisdom and connections to be able to leave some of its belongings behind in exchange for permission to make their way to Lisbon. Baumbach was ordered to go to the Kornfeld estate and inventory the artworks, furnishings, and other property. Rather than leave his “godson” behind in Budapest for three days, he took the boy with him. As Baumbach itemized the material, George walked around the grounds and spent time with Kornfeld’s staff. It was his first visit to such a mansion, and the first time he rode a horse. He collaborated with no one and he paid attention to what he understood to be his primary responsibility: making sure that no one doubted that he was Sandor Kiss. Among his practical concerns was to make sure that no one saw him pee.”

(Michael T. Kaufman, Soros: The Life and Times of a Messianic Billionaire (Alfred A. Knopf: New York 2002) 36-38.)

After returning to Budapest he was recognized by a schoolmate living on the same street and had to be moved to another location.

By July of 1944 the Nazis had identified, rounded up and deported 437,403 Jews to the concentration camps.

Corpses Littering the Streets

On October 29 of that same year the Soviets began a siege of Budapest. This was a particularly chaotic and gruesome time. One day George passed two bodies hanging from a lamppost. Affixed to one was a sign reading, “This is what happens to a Jew who hides.” He spent most of his days carrying buckets of water to the new apartment where he was hiding.

The siege ended in early 1945 with the Soviets removing the Nazis from Hungary and establishing a communist government. The Soros family returned to their apartment. A bomb had destroyed the kitchen, so they cooked and ate in the living room.

In 1947, at the age of 16, George Soros left for London, where he would spend nine years studying and supporting himself as a waiter, porter and traveling salesman.

The Nazi’s persecution of the Hungarian population and the subsequent Russian occupation left him with an indelible impression of the threats posed by totalitarian rule.

It was in London that he began thinking deeply about the concept of open societies. He has since been quoted as saying, “Fascism and communism have a lot in common and both stand in opposition to a different principle of social organization, the principle of Open Society.”

The following resource is recommended for additional facts regarding George Soros’s childhood:

Soros: The Life and Times of a Messianic Billionaire, by Michal T. Kaufman (Alfred A. Knopf, 2002)

Given Mr Soros's willingness to sue for libel over a similar but lesser allegation (collaborating with the Nazis, not working in a death camp and pushing people into gas chanbers) I am attempting to find a contact via whom I can draw his attention to this particularly despicable slur. And I hope he sues BNI so hard they have to shut down.


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