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The photo isn’t of Soros. It’s of Oskar Gröning, a former SS soldier who died in 2018.
Soros, a Holocaust survivor, was not a member of the Nazi Party.
A viral image purporting to link George Soros to Germany’s Nazi Party is picking up new steam on social media. But the photo of a young man wearing glasses and an SS uniform is not the billionaire Democratic donor, despite what some posts would have you believe.
"I give you George Soros," the text stamped over the image, which was originally posted to Facebook in 2016, says. "A(n) SS in the National Socialist German Workers Party. Nazi Party. He served under Adolf Hitler and Heinrich Himmler."
The post, which has been shared more than 22,000 times, was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
We’ve fact-checked a version of the same photo before, as have reporters at Snopes and the Associated Press. The photo isn’t fake or doctored, but it also doesn’t show Soros, despite what the text attached to it says. A quick reverse image search reveals that much.
A screenshot of a Facebook meme wrongly identifying Oskar Gröning as George Soros (PolitiFact).
The sentence was handed down when Gröning, who died in 2018, was 94 years old. During the Holocaust, he was a corporal in Hitler’s Waffen SS, according to the New York Times’ obituary.
Soros, on the other hand, survived the Holocaust. When the Nazis invaded Hungary, Soros’ father obtained a false identity for Soros and sent him to live with an agricultural official who passed him off as his Christian godson, according to the New York Times.
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Facebook post, Nov. 26, 2016
The Associated Press, "Photo depicting George Soros as Nazi soldier untrue," Oct. 22, 2018
The New York Times, "George Soros bet big on liberal democracy. Now he fears he is losing," July 17, 2018
The New York Times, "Oskar Gröning, the ‘Bookkeeper of Auschwitz,’ is dead at 96," March 12, 2018
Snopes, "Was George Soros an SS Officer or Nazi Collaborator During World War II?" Nov. 28, 2016
The Guardian, "How Nazi guard Oskar Gröning escaped justice in 1947 for crimes at Auschwitz," July 16, 2015
The New York Times, "Former SS Member, on Trial in Germany, Says He Was ‘Morally Complicit’ at Auschwitz," April 21, 2015
PolitiFact, "Viral photo of SS officer is not George Soros," Oct. 31, 2018
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