George Soros and Nazi-occupied Hungary

This theory has had several outings over the years.

The specific claims range from Soros being involved in confiscating property from Hungarian Jews on behalf of Nazi occupiers to the allegation that Soros was an SS officer in Germany.

The latter claim has been fully de-bunked. It emerged on Twitter in November 2016 and was based on a picture purporting to show George Soros dressed as an SS officer.

But as fact-checking organisation Snopes has pointed out:

  • Soros would have been too young to join the SS at the time (you had to be 17, and Soros was only 14 when the war ended),
  • as a Hungarian Jew, he wouldn’t have met the requirement for “Aryan” heritage, and
  • the picture purporting to be Soros was actually Oskar Groening, a Nazi officer at Auschwitz.

The claim that Soros was involved in confiscating property from other Jewish people during his childhood in Nazi-occupied Hungary seems to be based on an interview with Soros and journalist Steve Kroft on the US TV programme, 60 Minutes from 1998.

The interviewer, Steve Kroft said: “My understanding is that you went out with this protector of yours, who swore that you were his adopted godson”

Soros replied: “Yes, yes.”

Kroft: “Went out in fact, and helped in the confiscation of property from the Jews”

Soros: “That’s right”

That response has been interpreted by Soros’ critics as proof that he played an active role in confiscating property from other Jewish people during the Nazi occupation.

But less than a minute later, Soros says:

“…whether I was there or not, I was only a spectator, the property was being taken away. So I had no role in taking away that property, so I had no sense of guilt.”

Glenn Beck also appears in this saga. On 10 November 2010, Beck said on his radio show that Soros “used to go around with this anti-Semite and deliver papers to the Jews and confiscate their property and then ship them off. And George Soros was part of it. He would help confiscate the stuff. It was frightening. Here’s a Jewish boy helping send the Jews to the death camps.”

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