Anger over Glenn Beck's Soros Holocaust remarks

By Jennifer Lipman, November 11, 2010
George Soros

George Soros

Jewish organisations have criticised Fox news pundit Glenn Beck for an attack on businessman George Soros’ Holocaust record.

Mr Beck said in a documentary about the Jewish billionaire that as a child in Hungary living with a non-Jewish family Mr Soros “help[ed] send the Jews to the death camps,” and helped confiscate the property of other Jews.”

He said: “Here's a Jewish boy helping send the Jews to the death camps.

“I am certainly not saying that George Soros enjoyed that, even had a choice. I mean, he's 14 years old. He was surviving.

“But you would think that there would be some remorse.”

Mr Beck also made a reference to Mr Soros, who is worth more than $14bn as a “puppet master” and suggested he was “at the centre” of the economic crisis. He said this against an image of a Star or David.

Anti Defamation League director Abraham Foxman called the comments “totally over the top”.

He said: “For a political commentator or entertainer to have the audacity to say, there's a Jewish boy sending Jews to death camps, that's horrific."

The president of the Jewish Funds for Justice, Simon Greer, added: “In an effort to demonise a political opponent, Beck and Fox News scurrilously attacked George Soros, a prominent Jewish philanthropist and Holocaust survivor.

“No one who truly understands 'the sensitivity and sacred nature' of the Holocaust would deliberately and grotesquely mischaracterise the experience of a 13 year old Jew in Nazi-occupied Hungary whose father hid him with a non-Jewish family to keep him alive.”

It emerged last month that Mr Soros, 80, whose real name is George Schwartz, had donated significant funds to the dovish American Israel lobby J Street.

He supports several left wing organisations including Human Rights Watch, and in 2008 he said that Jews and Israel were to blame for rising antisemitism. It is thought that he earned £1bn on Black Wednesday in 1992.

Last updated: 10:51am, January 17 2011