(JTA) – Jewish billionaire philanthropist George Soros has donated $1.1 million to help Budapest prepare for the coronavirus pandemic. The donation earned praise from the Hungarian capital’s mayor, who said the donation would be used to help prevent infection and for testing medics and nurses working in outpatient and primary care centers and in the social services. As of April 1, the number of confirmed people infected with the coronavirus in Hungary stood at 525 and 20 dead.
Soros, a Holocaust survivor, was the focus of a nasty billboard campaign several years ago by Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orban. His private Central European University had to leave Budapest after the Orban government passed legislation that made it impossible for the university to remain in Hungary.
“I was born in Budapest, in the middle of the Great Depression, barely a decade after the Spanish Flu left thousands of dead in Budapest. I lived through World War II, the Arrow Cross rule and the siege in the city. I remember what it is like to live in extreme circumstances,” Soros said in a statement.
Soros, a Holocaust survivor, often features in right-wing conspiracy theories about Jews controlling the world.