The Man Who Broke the Bank of England, Spent $24 million to Defeat George Bush, and Never Met a Left Wing-Cause he Didn’t Like

Meet George Schwartz, born in Hungary in 1930.  The distinguished Canadian journalist Ezra Levant has the story in the Ottawa Sun:

“George’s father Theodore tried to change the family's fortunes by changing their name to something less Jewish-sounding. It didn't help. And soon war came.

When the Nazis took total control of Hungary in 1944, the Holocaust followed. In two months, 440,000 Hungarian Jews were deported to death camps.

To survive, George, then a teenager, collaborated with the Nazis.

First he worked for the Judenrat. That was the Jewish council set up by the Nazis to do their dirty work for them. Instead of the Nazis rounding up Jews every day for the trains, they delegated that murderous task to Jews who were willing to do it to survive another day at the expense of their neighbours.”

After the war, George moved to London, and then to New York, where he became a wildly successful financier.  Forbes lists him as the 35th richest man in the world. You know George.  He goes by the name his father invented: Soros.

“By collaborating with the Nazis,” Levant writes, “George survived the Holocaust. He turned on other Jews to spare himself.”  And how does he feel about that?  Does his conscience bother him? A reporter for 60 Minutes asked him that. “Not at all.”

“No feeling of guilt?” “No,” said Soros, adding that “there was no sense that I shouldn't be there. If I wasn't doing it, somebody else would be taking it away anyhow. Whether I was there or not. So I had no sense of guilt.”

Got that? It was dirty work, but someone had to do it. Levant speaks of the “moral hollowness”  that has shaped Soros’s life.  He’s right, but somehow that phrase seems insufficiently harsh.