George Soros is a world-renowned philanthropist who has given away billions of dollars to charities and causes that he believes in. He was born in Hungary, in 1930, living through the Nazi occupation in 1944-1945. He later came to the United States where he worked his way up from a poor immigrant to a successful businessman.
Soros gave $32 billion dollars to the Open Society Fund, which does work all around the world. The Fund supports individuals and groups that fight for freedom and equal rights for such groups as refugees, the LGBT community, and Jewish citizens. Soros wishes to establish governments that establish freedom and justice for all sectors of society.
Along with the Open Society Fund, George Soros works to fund university students who would otherwise be ostracized and unable to pay for tuition. He believes that he can help those who are discriminated against just by who they are and where they are born. In spite of opposition from conservatives who don’t appreciate his liberal values, Soros continues to use his wealth to help. In 2017, it was announced that he had transferred another 18 billion to the Open Society Fund, bringing the total of donations since 1984 to over $32 billion.
There are many critics of Soros who claim that he is using his money to manipulate governments and legislation to favor his own political views and goals. This demonization of charitable giving and George Soros, in particular, is not a new tactic. The attacks have spread from his homeland of Hungary and Moscow to the United States.
There have been elected officials in many different countries who have attempted to delegitimize Soros by attributing all types of misdeeds to him. They accuse him of buying off government leaders and attempting to influence elections with his great wealth. The attacks are all a part of a political strategy to discredit Soros and to minimalize his reputation.
In 2015, when the United States saw a large influx of immigrants and refugees, many conservative leaders accused Soros of being a far-right nationalist who was helping undesirables enter the country illegally. This attitude was crystallized in Poland when Soros was burned in effigy for being an Orthodox Jew with unnatural wealth and influence. Krystyna Pawlow, a governing conservative in Poland called Soros, “the most dangerous man in the world.”
These attacks and attempts to discredit Soros have an underlying hint of Anti-Semitism with shades of lingering attitudes that believe a Jewish man should not seek power and should remain in his “place.” Some have called this demonization of George Soros a “witchhunt,” led by the radical right in the United States.
George Soros has made a global difference in public health and supporting the rights of minorities. He has used his wealth to make changes that he sees and feels. His billions of dollars have brought results and even at 86 years old, Soros is a passionate philanthropist who does more than talk about change. He puts his money and his time behind his words.