The Anti-Defamation League puts the smackdown on Glenn Beck. The Jewish civil rights organization condemns the Fox News host for saying Holocaust survivor George Soros sent Jews to death camps as a child.
Here’s a Jewish boy helping send the Jews to the death camps…” -Glenn Beck
The context of Beck’s quote is consecutive shows aimed at demonizing the billionaire liberal Soros. The truth is Soros’ family paid a Hungarian official to let the then 14-year-old pose as an adopted Christian godson. Soros has said that ONCE he was present while his protector took inventory of a Jewish estate. The property owners had fled Nazi-occupied Hungary.
With the typical zeal of a fanatic, Beck twisted Soros’ experience:
He had to help the government confiscate the land of his fellow Jewish friends neighbors. He didn’t grow up in a very Jewish household. His mother was a strong anti-Semite — his words, not mine — but when he had to go over and take the lands from the people…who were being sent to the gas chambers, I can’t imagine what that would do to a teenager, anybody, an adult. Well, what did it do to George Soros?”
From the ADL’s press release:
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. –Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director and a Holocaust survivor
Beck should be fired. He’s utterly loathsome.
Update: Elan Steinberg, the vice-president of the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Their Descendants, calls Beck’s comments “monstrous.” –LGF
Interfaith Alliance President Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy: Beck’s “use of the Holocaust to discredit George Soros is beyond repugnant.” –Alternet
Glenn Beck’s Anti-semitic Attack on George Soros by Michelle Goldberg, “The Daily Beast”