‘His family was persecuted by The Nazis & survived The Holocaust only because of the strength & resourcefulness of his father…’
(Kate Feldman, New York Daily News) It took her almost two weeks, but Roseanne Barr finally admitted George Soros was not complicit in the Holocaust.
In the middle of a Twitter rant that cost her “Roseanne” and was later blamed on Ambien, the actress accused Soros of being “a nazi who turned in his fellow Jews 2 be murdered in German concentration camps & stole their wealth” on May 29.
On Monday, the actress offered a belated mea culpa.
“I apologize sincerely to @georgesoros. His family was persecuted by The Nazis & survived The Holocaust only because of the strength & resourcefulness of his father,” she tweeted, weeks after her initial accusation.
That particular conspiracy has long been debunked: Soros, who grew up in Hungary, was only 9 when World War II began.
“He did not collaborate with the Nazis,” Soros’ rep said in a statement in late May after Barr’s allegation.
“He did not help round up people. He did not confiscate anybody’s property. Such false allegations are insulting to the victims of the Holocaust, to all Jewish people, and to anyone who honors the truth. They are an affront to Mr. Soros and his family, who against the odds managed to survive one of the darkest moments in our history.”
Soros’s son, Alexander, wrote in an article for the Daily News that his father is “the enemy of choice for despots at home and around the world” because of his “lifelong dedication to human rights and social justice.”
The closest Soros, now 87, came, was when he was left in the care of an official of the Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture who, at the behest of his grandfather, shielded the young boy and pretended he was his godson.
Soros, 13 at the time, joined the official in “taking inventory of the estate of a Jewish family that had fled earlier under duress,” according to Alexander, but never participated.
Donald Trump Jr., the President’s eldest son, retweeted Barr’s initial allegation.
The more consequential aspect of Barr’s May meltdown was when she called Valerie Jarrett, the former senior adviser to President Barack Obama, the baby of the “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes.”
ABC canceled Barr’s “Roseanne” reboot that day and Hulu, Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT all removed reruns from their service.
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