Was reading Michelle Malkin's item about George "Billionaire Bolshevik" Soros showering his ill-gotten gains upon yet another statist/collectivist "progressive cause; Roger Simon covers the same ground here.
Both articles quote an article in the Ottawa Sun by Ezra Levant, covering some details of Soros' early life that he probably wishes remained obscure:
George Schwartz was born in Hungary in 1930 — not the luckiest time and place to be born a Jew.Maybe that doesn't make him a War Criminal by someone's standards but...
George’s father Theodore tried to change the family’s fortunes by changing their name to something less Jewish-sounding. It didn’t help. And soon war came.
When the Nazis took total control of Hungary in 1944, the Holocaust followed. In two months, 440,000 Hungarian Jews were deported to death camps.
To survive, George, then a teenager, collaborated with the Nazis.
First he worked for the Judenrat. That was the Jewish council set up by the Nazis to do their dirty work for them. Instead of the Nazis rounding up Jews every day for the trains, they delegated that murderous task to Jews who were willing to do it to survive another day at the expense of their neighbours.
Theodore hatched a better plan for his son. He bribed a non-Jewish official at the agriculture ministry to let George live with him. George helped the official confiscate property from Jews.
By collaborating with the Nazis, George survived the Holocaust. He turned on other Jews to spare himself.
George moved to London after the war and then to New York, where he became a stockbroker. He’s rich now. Forbes magazine says he’s the 35th richest man in the world. Maybe you’ve heard of him. He goes by the name his father invented: George Soros.
Hey, wasn't that item on Malkin's website about Soros giving a boatload of cash to Human Rights Watch, which does everything it can to destroy Israel? Why, yes. According to Alan Dershowitz:
…Many former supporters of Human Rights Watch have become alienated from the organization, because of, in the words of one early supporter, “their obsessive focus on Israel.” Within the last month, virtually every component of the organized Jewish community, from secular to religious, liberal to conservative, has condemned Human Rights Watch for its bias. [HRW head Kenneth] Roth and his organizations willful blindness when it comes to Israel and its enemies have completely undermined the credibility of a once important human rights organization. Human Rights Watch no longer deserves the support of real human rights advocates. Nor should its so-called reporting be credited by objective news organizations.So, born Jewish, made his bones, so to speak, selling his co-religionists, relatives, neighbors, to the Nazis, and now gives money to an organization that works to finish the job his Nazi buddies started.
"Wait!" you say. "C'mon, Drang, those were desperate times, he did what he needed to do to survive!" Well, ignoring the fact that the whole giving-money-to-anti-semitic organizations thing indicates no remorse, there was an interview on 60 Minutes...:
Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes asked him.... Was it difficult? “Not at all,” Soros answered.(emphasis added.)
“No feeling of guilt?” asked Kroft. “No,” said Soros. “There was no sense that I shouldn’t be there. If I wasn’t doing it, somebody else would be taking it away anyhow. Whether I was there or not. So I had no sense of guilt.”
A Nazi would steal the Jews’ property anyways. So why not him?
Unfortunately, that 60 Minutes video does not seem to be available on any internet I have access to, so I have to take Mr. Levant's word for that.
It was just laying there...
Someone else would have done it anyway...
Does aiding and abetting a war crime make you an accessory before, or after, the fact? Is that accessory also a war criminal? It sure sounds like he knew there was more going on that "just" theft. Then again (quoting Levant again):
That moral hollowness has shaped Soros’ life. He’s a rabid critic of capitalism, but in 1992 when he saw a chance, he speculated against the British pound, causing it to crash, devastating retirement savings for millions of Britons. Soros pocketed $1.1 billion for himself. If he didn’t do it, someone else would, right?Those Lefties. So proud of their humanitarian credentials.
In 2002, Soros was convicted of insider trading in France, and fined millions of dollars. He admitted buying the shares, but denied it was a crime.
Last year, when he made $3.3 billion off the banking collapse, he called the world’s financial crisis “the culmination of my life’s work.”
This is a man who boasted he offered to help his mother commit suicide.