Lord Weidenfeld fled Nazi occupied Austria in 1938. Quakers and Plymouth Brethren Christians transported him to England. He arrived poor, but had great success, amassing a fortune at his publishing business, Weidenfeld and Nicolson.
The 95 year old now is repaying the favor to Christians who likely saved his life many decades prior. He is establishing Weidenfeld Safe Havens Fund to help Syrian and Iraqi Christians refugees. Just last week, 150 Syrian Christians were flown to Poland. It is expected that Lord Weidenfeld will provide 2,000 Christians with the opportunity to escape ISIS and re-establish their lives.
Refugees will also be offered 12-18 months of financial assistance as they become accustomed to their new country.
Weidenfeld told The Times that he felt compelled to act given the crisis these Christians face as ISIS has terrorized the region.
“I had a debt to repay. It applies to so many young people who were on the Kinderstransports. It was Quakers and other Christian denominations who brought those children to England.
It was very high-minded operation and we Jews should also be thankful and do something for the endangered Christians.”
Weidenfeld is seeking to reproduce the work of Sir Nicholas Winton, who died on July 1. Winton organized Kinderstransport trains that saved more than 650 Jewish children from the Nazis.
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H/T: Tablet Magazine