Actress Roseanne Barr apologized on Monday to the Holocaust survivor and billionaire financier George Soros after writing on Twitter late last month that he was “a nazi who turned in his fellow Jews 2 be murdered in German concentration camps & stole their wealth.”
“I apologize sincerely to @georgesoros,” Barr wrote. “His family was persecuted by The Nazis & survived The Holocaust only because of the strength & resourcefulness of his father.” She also provided a link to a page on the website of Soros’ charity, the Open Society Foundation, debunking false accusations about Soros’ time during the Holocaust.
Barr’s original tweet about Soros came the same day that she compared the Obama White House advisor Valerie Jarrett to an ape, leading ABC to cancel her hit sitcom.
Barr said she was sorry for the Jarrett comment later that day, after the cancellation. “I apologize,” she wrote in a since-deleted comment. “I am now leaving Twitter.” Barr continued to be active on Twitter, going on to blame her messages on taking Ambien at 2:00 a.m.
Barr has said she will try to make amends — “I’m making restitution for the pain I have caused,” she tweeted on June 5. She then retweeted a reply to her message accusing Jarrett of wanting “Israelis and Jews chased into the sea.”
Soros has long been the subject of debunked conspiracy theories alleging that he assisted the Nazi roundup of Jews and their property in Budapest during World War II.
“It is shameful that, in 2018, over 70 years after the end of the Holocaust, heads of state, celebrities and pundits alike are using anti-Semitic rhetoric and lies to attack my father,” Soros’ son Alexander wrote in the New York Daily News after the original incident.