Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

November 14, 2010

Glenn Beck, George Soros and the Judenrats

Filed under: Fascism,Jewish question,Soros — louisproyect @ 7:23 pm

George Soros

On November 9th Glenn Beck alleged that George Soros was a Nazi collaborator:

His childhood is shocking, traumatic. He grew up in Nazi Europe. Fourteen years old, he had to help the government confiscate the lands of his fellow Jewish friends and neighbors. He didn’t grow up in a Jewish household. His mother was a strong anti-Semite — George Soros’ words, not mine.

But when he had to go over and take the lands from the people, his Jewish friends and neighbors who were being sent to the gas chamber, I can’t imagine what it would do to a teenager, anybody, an adult.

Well, what did it do to George Soros?

In an interview with Steve Kroft, Soros was asked if he felt guilt at all about taking the property from the Jews as a teenager. He responded, “No.” He also said, quote, “I don’t deny the Jews their national existence, but I don’t want to be a part of it.”

Last night, phone calls came in to FOX already before the show even aired. They were saying that they were Soros people, saying that I am an anti-Semite because I was going to report this. I mean, I’m probably more supportive of Israel and the Jews than George Soros is. But that’s neither here or there, I don’t believe pointing the man’s tragic begins makes you anti-Semite.

The Kroft interview aired on a Sixty Minutes episode from December 20, 1998:

KROFT: (Voiceover) To understand the complexities and contradictions in his personality, you have to go back to the very beginning: to Budapest, where George Soros was born 68 years ago to parents who were wealthy, well-educated and Jewish.

When the Nazis occupied Budapest in 1944, George Soros’ father was a successful lawyer. He lived on an island in the Danube and liked to commute to work in a rowboat. But knowing there were problems ahead for the Jews, he decided to split his family up. He bought them forged papers and he bribed a government official to take 14-year-old George Soros in and swear that he was his Christian godson. But survival carried a heavy price tag. While hundreds of thousands of Hungarian Jews were being shipped off to the death camps, George Soros accompanied his phony godfather on his appointed rounds, confiscating property from the Jews.

(Vintage footage of Jews walking in line; man dragging little boy in line)

KROFT: (Voiceover) These are pictures from 1944 of what happened to George Soros’ friends and neighbors.

(Vintage footage of women and men with bags over their shoulders walking; crowd by a train)

KROFT: (Voiceover) You’re a Hungarian Jew…

Mr. SOROS: (Voiceover) Mm-hmm.

KROFT: (Voiceover) …who escaped the Holocaust…

(Vintage footage of women walking by train)

Mr. SOROS: (Voiceover) Mm-hmm.

(Vintage footage of people getting on train)

KROFT: (Voiceover) …by–by posing as a Christian.

Mr. SOROS: (Voiceover) Right.

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

KROFT: (Voiceover) 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.

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.

One of the main boosters of the 14-year-old George Soros as Nazi collaborator is Martin Peretz, the hate merchant who was in the news lately for rousing Harvard students and faculty into action against a social studies chair being endowed in his name.

After citing the passage from the Kroft interview above, Peretz discharges this burst of venom:

So this is the psychodrama that has been visited on American liberalism. We learn Soros never has nightmares. Had he been tried in a de-Nazification process for having been a young cog in the Hitlerite wheel, he would have felt that, since other people would have confiscated the same Jewish property and delivered the same deportation notices to the same doomed Jews, it was as if he hadn’t done it himself. He sleeps well, while we sleep in Nazi America.

It is of some interest, as I have pointed out before, that Peretz is on the board of trustees at Bard College while Soros is one of the school’s major donors. I imagine that Leon Botstein makes sure to never invite them to the same function for fear of an alter kocker donniebrook.

The story is not one of collaboration but survival. After George Soros’s father had put together false identity papers for his son as a Christian named Sandor Kiss, the fourteen year old was sent off to live with a Hungarian named Baumbach who had the job of inventorying Jewish property. Soros/Kiss followed him around in his rounds, as one might have expected in such a relationship. One wonders what Peretz or Glenn Beck would have expected from this 14 year old, for him to announce to the Nazi authorities that his real name was Soros and that he was a Jew? There were real collaborators with the Nazis during WWII but George Soros was not one of them.

The Judenrats, or Jewish councils, were composed of leading figures in the ghetto who decided to collaborate with the Nazis rather than resist, even to the point of supplying slave labor.

For people like Beck and Peretz, Soros becomes a Judenrat type figure because he is too liberal for their tastes and because he is slightly to the left of Netanyahu. Soros has had the temerity to write something like this in the prestigious New York Review of Books:

One explanation is to be found in the pervasive influence of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which strongly affects both the Democratic and the Republican parties. AIPAC’s mission is to ensure American support for Israel but in recent years it has overreached itself. It became closely allied with the neocons and was an enthusiastic supporter of the invasion of Iraq. It actively lobbied for the confirmation of John Bolton as US ambassador to the United Nations. It continues to oppose any dialogue with a Palestinian government that includes Hamas.

While not quite in the Mearsheimer/Walt category, this is fairly nervy points being made by one of the Democratic Party’s largest donors. Too bad that they have found such advice all too easy to ignore.

Another wealthy and politically powerful Jew has also been accused of being a latter-day Judenrat leader, namely Michael Bloomberg. Because Bloomberg had the guts to defend the Islamic cultural center being built near the WTC, he has come under the same kind of attack from Mark Williams, a former tea party leader.

How many times do I have to tell you….  the Ground Zero Mosque is a chest–Tell me again how the Ground Zero Mosque is about “peace” and “understanding”–beating pile of lies being perpetuated by people who want nothing more than to pour salt into an open gash and those fools who would collaborate with them. Politically correct Judenrats* like New York Mayor Michael Boomberg and Scott Stringer (Manhattan Borough President) and domestic enemies who are supporting the mosque – with open ties to Islamic Terrorist organizations and supporting states are doing nothing more than erecting a giant middle finger to be thrust at the victims of 911… which includes all of civilized Mankind.

* “Judenrats“:  Were Jews in Nazi occupied Europe who collaborated with the Nazis to turn in other Jews (like as happened to Anne Frank) in return for promises of  Nazi favor (always revoked via killing the Jedenrat).  In the Camps they were known as “Sonderkommando” and were tasked with leading the other Jews into the ovens before being machine-gunned down and incinerated themselves by their Nazi masters.  Only the 8th Sonderkommando (Auschwitz) rebelled, they were mowed down.  The closest American term for what they are is one that I believe arose in New York…   “Rat Bastard” and in some circles comes with the same attached open season on the holder of the title.

It should not come as any great surprise that Mark Williams was a leader of the tea party who was forced to step down after writing a “satirical” letter to Abe Lincoln in the name of NAACP leader Ben Jealous that included this:

Perhaps one of the most racist point of all in the Tea Parties is their demand that government ‘stop raising our taxes.’ That is outrageous! How will we coloreds ever get a wide-screen TV in each room if non-coloreds get to keep what they earn? Mr. Lincoln, you were the greatest racist ever. We had an great gig. Three squares, room and board, all our decisions made by the massa within the house. Please repeal the 13th and 14th Amendments and let us get back to where we belong.

Despite Soros’s challenge to the Israel lobby, the ADL’s Abe Foxman, a figure as detestable as Martin Peretz, has come to his defense, issuing this statement:

Glenn Beck’s description of George Soros’ actions during the Holocaust is completely inappropriate, offensive and over the top.  For a political commentator or entertainer to have the audacity to say – inaccurately – that there’s a Jewish boy sending Jews to death camps, as part of a broader assault on Mr. Soros, that’s horrific.

While I, too, may disagree with many of Soros’ views and analysis on the issues, to bring in this kind of innuendo about his past is unacceptable.  To hold a young boy responsible for what was going on around him during the Holocaust as part of a larger effort to denigrate the man is repugnant.

The Holocaust was a horrific time, and many people had to make excruciating choices to ensure their survival.  George Soros has been forthright about his childhood experiences and his family’s history, and there the matter should rest.

So what is going on here?

While I do not subscribe to the theory that people like Glenn Beck are the leaders of a burgeoning fascist movement, there are ample signs that his words represent an escalation in the ultraright’s war on liberal America. The fact that Fox-TV, speaking on behalf of owner Rupert Murdoch, a key player in the Republican Party, has refused to dissociate itself from Beck indicates that the polarization is sufficient to make Obama and Jon Stewart’s pleas for “civility” look ridiculous.

Here’s the opening of Beck’s November 9th show that focused on Soros:

The topic tonight and tomorrow night: George Soros.

The things that are happening in this country that don’t make sense — Van Jones said something that bothered me over the summer. I mean, he said a lot of things over the years that have bothered me, but one comment in particular over the summer stuck with me. And it was this:


VAN JONES, FORMER GREEN JOBS CZAR: You handle the top down. But it’s also the bottom-up and inside-out — top down, bottom-up and inside-out. So, now, your challenge as you leave here, our challenge, is to take care of that bottom-up part and that inside-out part — the hard part.


BECK: That’s not — that bothered me because I know who this guy is. He’s a communist revolutionary. A guy who pined for the days of Stalin, the Iron Curtain went down. Something is wrong there. Well, it really bothered me until recently when I started looking into all the George Soros connections and the size and the scope of his reach.

And let me tell you something — I said to you, read up on George Soros. There is plenty of ways to read about him. These are all books about George Soros, many of them written by him. So, there is no shortage of information. Read them. Read them.

The comment doesn’t bother me anymore, I understand what it means. And that’s why that comment now frightens me. And I will put it in perspective tonight and tomorrow. Pull back the curtain and reveal what that actually means and it will terrify you.

There are a couple of other things that you’ll understand. First of all, in 2003, Soros and a partner funded the new $5 million liberal group MoveOn.org. Well, MoveOn.org, what exactly is that?

Well, you remember it. This is the group that originally called General Petraeus, “General Betray Us.” It was despicable.

Well, who had they tapped for the executive director of MoveOn.org? This guy, Zack Exley. I never heard of him before. Do you know who he is?

Well, he previously had trained activists for the anarchist group, the Raucous Society. These are the riots in Seattle helped orchestrated by this guy — more on that in just a minute.

Oh, by the way, he’s also a blogger for “The Huffington Post,” which is interesting because “The Huffington Post” gets money from George Soros. Oh, and he’s also a fellow with the George Soros’ Open Society Institute.

Violent radicals. Oh, and by the way, it’s just not that phrase that came — George Soros has been following him as he originally funded the Ella Baker Society, or the Center for Human Rights. And then, of course, he was on the Apollo Alliance. And then, when he got fired from the White House, he went to Center for American Progress, which is also funded by George Soros. Radicals. Radicals.

Oh, the Open Society Institute, in case you don’t know what this is — don’t worry, you will in the next couple of days. The Open Society Institute is George Soros’ most important group. It is really spectacular. It’s his philanthropist arm. This is where he really — he looks for Mother Teresa to give out his precious money. And, boy, did he find Mother Teresa?

Well, not actually. He found to head this organization the founder of the violent activist group SDS, Students of Democratic Society. You don’t know what they did in the ’60s? You will.

One string, $425 million every single year — the strings that are being pulled by the puppet master.

I would make this prediction. If in a few years the attack on the working class begins to provoke a massive resistance such as the kind seen in Greece and France, there will be efforts on the part of tea party funders like the Koch brothers and people like Rupert Murdoch to foster forms of direct action far more violent and extreme than anything being seen today. It will rely on Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh and company to supply these shock troops with the ideology they need to harden them for street battles. And just as was the case in the 1930s, there will be efforts to demonize Jewish bankers like George Soros and many others in the liberal wing of the Democratic Party. While giving no quarter to the Democratic Party, the left will be obliged to tell the truth about who Soros really is and what he really stands for—namely the continuation of the kind of class rule that will be driving the middle class into deeper and deeper frenzies. And it will be up to our class to prevent American society from succumbing to the madness that brought down European civilization 80 years ago.

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