Thursday, December 31, 2015

Can I Get An Amen: A 95-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor Funds Rescue Of 2,000 ISIS Victims

George Weidenfeld is a Holocaust survivor, able to escape death in 1938 due to the kindness of the Plymouth Brethren and Quakers, Christian strangers who clothed him and fed him and helped his escape to Great Britain.  And when he arrived in Britain, Weidenfeld had just a few shillings to his name, but within a decade he had established the Weidenfeld and Nicholson publishing business.

And he never forgot that kindness of those strangers, so now, some seventy-seven years later, he is, as he calls it, ‘repaying a debt’ by aiding in the escape of 2,000 Middle-Eastern Christians from ISIS.

Weidenfeld, a member of Britain’s House of Lords since 1976, oversees the Weidenfeld Safe Havens Fund, which was able to support 150 Syrian Christians escape to Poland a few weeks ago.  
I had a debt to repay. It applies to so many young people who were on the Kinderstransport. It was very high-minded operation and we Jews should also be thankful and do something for the endangered Christians.”
The kinderstransport is what the Germans named the organized shipment of Jewish children, often times by their own parents, to help them escape the Holocaust.

And so he is; the Weidenfeld Safe Havens Fund aims to help 2,000 Syrian refugees and is set to offer them 12-18 months of paid support for all the rescues.

And all because George Weidenfeld never forgot.


Toni said...


the dogs' mother said...

Bless him.

anne marie in philly said...

each one save one (or more); what a kind man! take THAT to the bank, (t)Rump!

Michael Dodd said...

So human, so humane. Sometimes it is so evident that hate and bigotry ripple out that we forget that love and integrity do, too.

Tre Douglas said...

If we would just get rid of ISIS once and for all we wouldn't have to help people fleeing from them.

Helen Lashbrook said...

I hadn't realised that Lord Weidenfeld was one of the kindertransport children. His partner Nigel Nicholson was the son of Vita Sackville-West who famously had a 'sexual' liaison with Violet Trefusis.

Mitchell is Moving said...

A wonderful setting an exceptional example. I hope people are watching. THIS is how to "never forget."