Many people on both sides of politics in Australia see GetUp! as an organization which which is very close to the Australian Labor Party and the Greens on many issues. Few realize that GetUp! is funded by billionaire George Soros and his Open Society Foundations. While people have a clear idea of what GetUp! does in Australia, they do not understand the full story behind George Soros and his Foundations. This is the first of a series of articles on what Georce Soros has been doing since the Open Society Institute (now Foundation) was created in the United States in 1993. A central theme will be that while GetUp! is well-known for environmental and human rights campaigns in Australia, the activities of Soros and his many organizations in other countries don't look quite so harmless.
SOROS IS A BILLIONAIRE
Perhaps the best place to start is with George Soros himself. He was born in Hungary in 1930 but is now also a citizen of the US. He is considered by some to be one of the most successful investors in the world. An assessment in May 2017 found that Soros has a net worth of $25.2 billion, making him one of the 30 richest people in the world.(1)
He is usually seen as a progressive philanthropist, but this perception is very much at odds with what he has done during his life. While he is probably not himself a Nazi, events in his life show that he has no problems working with Nazi's or Neo-Nazis to get what he wants.
SOROS WORKED WITH NAZI'S AS A YOUNG MAN
George Soros was born into a non-observant Jewish family, and in 1936 Soros' family changed their name from the German-Jewish Schwartz to Soros to protect themselves in increasingly antisemitic Hungary.(2) His family purchased documents to say that they were Christians, thereby allowing them to survive the war. At age 14 Soros posed as the Christian godson of an official of the collaborationist Hungarian government's Ministry of Agriculture.
When Adolf Eichmann arrived in Hungary to oversee the murder of that country’s Jews, George Soros ended up with a man whose job was confiscating property from the Jewish population. Soros went with him on his rounds.(3) Some have thought this claim was just an anti-Soros slander, but in a 1998 interview with CBS’ Steve Kroft he admitted that he participated in the confiscation of Jewish property during the Nazi occupation of Hungary. When asked if he felt any guilt about this he replied:
"...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.”(4)
How many supporters of progressive causes do you know with an attitude like that? There is also a video clip of Soros in which he talks about his time working for the Nazis during German occupation in WWII. He explains this experience as the "happiest time" in his life.(5)
Some 70% of Hungary's Jews, about 500,000 people, were killed by the Nazi's during the war.
SOROS WORKED TO INSTALL A NEW GOVERNMENT IN THE UKRAINE IN 2014
In an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria Soros was asked:
“First on Ukraine, one of the things that many people recognized about you was that you during the revolutions of 1989 funded a lot of dissident activities, civil society groups in eastern Europe and Poland, the Czech Republic. Are you doing similar things in Ukraine?”
“Well, I set up a foundation in Ukraine before Ukraine became independent of Russia. And the foundation has been functioning ever since and played an important part in events now.”(6)
So what were those events? Anti-government allies began in central Kiev in November 2013 after the democratically elected Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovich, postponed the signing of an association agreement with the European Union. Protests continued until February 2014. On the 18th of February around 20,000 protesters marched toward the national parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, in what was called a “peace offensive.” However the protest became violent as police were confronted by demonstrators wearing black masks, helmets, some also equipped with bulletproof vests. They pelted riot police with rocks and Molotov cocktails, as well as shooting fireworks. The next day huge fire began at the House of Labor Unions, cloaking Maidan - Kiev’s Independence Square - with thick black smoke. A truce was negotiated but the far-right wing of the Ukrainian opposition - Pravy Sector or Right Sector - refused to observe the truce.
The next day rioters ignored the truce and started an early morning revolt against the authorities. Gunfire broke out again on the square and perhaps 100 people died in the fighting. On Friday a rump session of Parliament ordered the military and security forces out of Kiev and a peace deal was negotiated by the EU. However by the evening however radical rioters announced that truce or no truce, they were still willing to use force to make the president step down immediately. On Saturday the elected president Yanukovich fled the capital in fear of his life and shortly after he was ousted from power.(7)
Not ashamed of the Swastika in the Ukraine.
Those who doubt the existence of Neo-Nazis in the Ukraine might be surprised by the following report of events in Lviv, a popular tourist attraction in the Ukraine before the 2014 coup:
“On April 28, 2011, the 68th anniversary of the formation of a Ukrainian Waffen-SS division, hundreds of people marched through Lviv, with support from city council members, chanting slogans like 'One race, one nation, one Fatherland!'
“Two months later, residents celebrated the 70th anniversary of the German invasion 'as a popular festival, where parents with small children waived flags to re-enactors in SS uniforms,' according to the noted Swedish-American historian Per Anders Rudling.
“Later that year, extreme right-wing deputies at a nearby town in the Lviv district 'renamed a street from the Soviet-era name Peace Street to instead carry the name of the Nachtigall [Nightingale] Battalion, a Ukrainian nationalist formation involved in the mass murder of Jews in 1941, arguing that ‘Peace’ is a holdover from Soviet stereotypes.”(8)
WHO WAS IN THE NEW UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT?
When the new coalition government was established in 2014 it consisted of Yatsenuyk’s Fatherland Party, Svoboda and Right Sector. Members of Svoboda and the Right Sector occupy key positions in the areas of Defense, Law Enforcement, Education and Economic Affairs. Andriy Parubiy, the co-founder of the Neo-Nazi Social-National Party of Ukraine (subsequently renamed Svoboda) was appointed Secretary of the National Security and National Defense Committee (RNBOU). Andriy Parubiy together with party leader Oleh Tyahnybok is a follower of Ukrainian Nazi Stepan Bandera, who collaborated in the mass murderer of Jews and Poles during World War II.(9)
Thirty members of the Israeli Knesset condemned the Svoboda party in a signed letter addressed to the President of the European Parliament. In the letter the Israeli politicians accused Svoboda of "openly glorifying Nazi murder" and "Nazi war criminals". In May 2013 the World Jewish Congress labelled the party as "neo-Nazi" and called for European governments to ban them.(10)
SOROS' CONNECTION WITH THE NEO-NAZI GOVERNMENT
It has been reported that many of the participants in Kiev’s ‘EuroMaidan’ demonstrations were members of Soros-funded non-government organizations (NGOs) and/or were trained by the same NGOs in the many workshops and conferences sponsored by Soros’ International Renaissance Foundation (IRF), and his various Open Society institutes and foundations. The IRF, founded and funded by Soros, boasts that it has given "more than any other donor organization" to "democratic transformation" of Ukraine.(11) This statement of his achievement is a lie. The president, Yanukovich, who was removed by Soros' friends, was himself democratically elected. Further the government of president Poroshenko was established by a coup carried out by Neo-Nazi gangs as described above. The new government was recognized by the US and the EU anyway and has been treated as the legitimate government since then.
Photo of US Senator McCain in the Ukraine. On his right is Oleh Tyahnybok, leader of the Neo-Nazi Svoboda Party.(12)
Photo of Petro Poroshenko, current President of Ukraine, in office since 2014.
The same account of Soros' role in the 2014 coup in the Ukraine can be found in an article by ZeroHedge. He
“was responsible for establishing a foundation in the Ukraine that ultimately led to the overthrow of the country’s elected leader and the installation of a junta handpicked by the US State Department, at the time headed by none other than Hillary Clinton.”(13)
Thanks to a recent leaks, there is evidence of the power Soros had over Ukraine immediately following the 2014 coup. In a document titled, “Breakfast with US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt”, he can be seen advising the US Ambassador on a number of issues. He was even asked to criticize US policy on the Ukraine. Soros answer is recorded as follows:
He will “send Ambassador Pyatt copies of correspondences he previously sent to others and his article in NY Review of Books. Obama has been too soft on Putin, and there is a need to impost potent smart sanctions. He noted the need for a division of labor between the US and the EU with the US playing the bad cop role. The USG should impose sanctions on Russia for 90 days or until the Russian government recognizes the results of the presidential elections. He noted that he is most concerned about transitional justice.”(14)
Soros was completely against a federated structure which would have made it possible to accommodate the mainly Russian speaking regions in the east into what Soros called the new Ukraine. This policy led quickly to the new government's military action which grew into the conflict that has gone on for years between the illegal Ukrainian government and the people in the Donbass.
What else did Soros get out of the Ukraine? He got the US Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew to advise the puppet government of Ukraine to privatize the state-owned energy monopoly Naftogaz, which he subsequently bought. Here his pattern was to shape and encourage regime change and then buy important assets at rock bottom prices.
Shows how symbol of the Azov Battalion is based on two famous Nazi designs.