60 Minutes: You’re a Hungarian Jew…
60 Minutes: Who escaped the Holocaust…
60 Minutes: By — by posing as a Christian.
60 Minutes: And you watched lots of people get shipped off to the death camps.
Soros: Right. I was 14 years old. And I would say that that’s when my character was made.
60 Minutes: In what way?
Soros: That one should think ahead. One should understand and — and anticipate events and when — when one is threatened. It was a tremendous threat of evil. I mean, it was a — a very personal experience of evil.
60 Minutes: My understanding is that you went out with this protector of yours who swore that you were his adopted godson.
Soros: Yes. Yes.
60 Minutes: Went out, in fact, and helped in the confiscation of property from the Jews.
Soros: Yes. That’s right. Yes.
60 Minutes: I mean, that’s — that sounds like an experience that would send lots of people to the psychiatric couch for many, many years. Was it difficult?
Soros: Not — not at all. Not at all. Maybe as a child you don’t — you don’t see the connection. But it was — it created no — no problem at all.
60 Minutes: No feeling of guilt?
60 Minutes: For example that, ‘I’m Jewish and here I am, watching these people go. I could just as easily be there. I should be there.’ None of that?
Soros: Well, of course I — I could be on the other side or I could be the one from whom the thing is being taken away. But there was no sense that I shouldn’t be there, because that was — well, actually, in a funny way, it’s just like in markets — that if I weren’t there — of course, I wasn’t doing it, but somebody else would — would — would be taking it away anyhow. And it was the — whether I was there or not, I was only a spectator, the property was being taken away. So the — I had no role in taking away that property. So I had no sense of guilt.
While Soros appears to back peddle in his final comment – and although he may not have been willfully involved – Soros’ remarks make clear his role in joining a Hungarian bureaucrat named Baumbach as he confiscated property.
According to Soros’ father, as stated in his in his 1965 autobiography, “Masquerade: Dancing Around Death in Nazi Occupied Hungary,” Soros at one point “even helped with the inventory.”