Beck Vs. The Jews?
Glenn Beck has railed many times against George Soros, a Hungarian-American financier and liberal philanthropist whom the conservative host dubs the “progressive puppet master.”
But Beck ramped up his criticism this week on Fox News and his radio show, making comments about how Soros survived in Nazi-occupied Hungary that have provoked denunciations from Jewish organizations.
Beck said on the radio Wednesday that Soros—as a 13-year-old Jewish boy, living apart from his parents in order to avoid apprehension by the Nazis—”used to go around with this anti-Semite and deliver papers to the Jews and confiscate their property and then ship them off. … It was frightening. Here’s a Jewish boy helping send the Jews to the death camps.”
Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League and a Holocaust survivor, called Beck’s comments “completely inappropriate, offensive and over the top.” [See update]
“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,” Foxman said.Â “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.”
Soros has spoken publicly about how he escaped the death camps by posing as a member of a Christian family. The teenager did accompany his protector, whose job was to confiscate property from Jews in Nazi-occupied Hungary.
Steve Kroft, in a 1998 “60 Minutes” interview, told Soros that it sounded like “an experience that would send lots of people to the psychiatric couch for many, many years.” But Soros said that he doesn’t feel guilty for what happened because “whether I was there or not, I was only a spectator; the property was being taken away.”
Beck, who on Tuesday described Soros’ actions in the 1940s on Fox News, also claimed not to be “making a judgment” and acknowledged that the teenage Soros “was surviving.”