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Masquerade: The Incredible True Story of How George Soros' Father Outsmarted the Gestapo Paperback – March 15, 2011
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Tivadar Soros was a Jewish lawyer in Budapest when the second world war began. Hungary had been an ally of Austria, so the Nazis did not occupy the country until March 19, 1944 as they began to fear betrayal behind their retreating forces in the Soviet Union and the Balkens. The country was liberated by the Soviets in January 1945. Unfortunately, the Nazis used this ten-month period to murder as many Hungarian Jews as possible.
But Mr. Soros also had had an unusual experience earlier. He had been a prison of war in Siberia during World War I. From that experience, he had learned that those who are prominent are in danger from totalitarianism, after seeing the prisoners' represenative shot to terrify the prisoners. Mr. Soros had been offered that "honor" just recently and had declined. He soon escaped from the prison camp, and had a most difficult time getting back to Hungary through the midst of the Russian Revolution. Where he had been idealistic and vocal before World War I, he came back determined to enjoy each day as though it might be his last. This exasperated his wife, who knew he could accomplish more.
This perspective served him well when the Nazi occupation arrived. As in other countries, the Nazis relied on Jews to follow orders.Read more ›
His memoir begins in 1944 when the Nazis occupied Germany. Soros realized that "Since we can't stand up to Hitler's fury, we must hide from it." He and his family hid, but since they had to be seen in order to take care of daily needs, they took on the aspects of Christians. This involved his forming close relationships with a series of forgers, and once he took care of his immediate family's documents, he took care of other relatives, and then friends, and clients. "If anyone asked for my help, one of my principles in life was never to say no - if only to avoid diminishing their faith in human beings." Amidst narrow escapes and harrowing close calls, Soros kept a sense of humor which frequently emerges on these pages. As a "Christian," Soros was able to obtain cigarettes when those were denied to Jews, and since he didn't smoke, he would leave them at a watchmaker's, so that people with stars could get some. He went to the watchmaker to get his watch fixed, and asked the price. "How can you ask such a thing?Read more ›
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Very interesting description of what one can live with in order to survive and hide from the NazisPublished 15 months ago by John
fascinating reading. Objective presentation of that terrible historical period that effected many of us Hungarian Jews and Christians alike
His sense of humor, optimism is... Read more
I still wonder whether I would have survived, for how long and under what circumstances, had I been in the position of this family and so many others during the Nazi era. Read morePublished on September 1, 2012 by PETERIV
Delivered wirelessly promptly. I have been using the Kindle since its inception and have been pleased. Read morePublished on May 20, 2012 by BLee
In order to understand who George Soros is, you must learn about his father. How to beat the system; why all human undertakings have flaws and how to exploit them. Read morePublished on April 14, 2009 by T. W. Weston