A man rescues Christians in the Middle East to pay them back for his life

 In Foreign, History

1938 Nazi Occupied Austria 

A “penniless” 5 year old Jewish boy was fed and clothed by British Quakers and other Christians of  different denominations as the Nazi regime began its rampage in the country. His name was George Weidenfeld.

Fully one year before the start of WWII, those Christians worked hard to get the little boy out of Austria and safely to the UK. He made it.

From rags to riches – a thankful philanthropist

Little George Weidnfeld grew up to become Baron Weidenfeld, or more commonly, Lord Weidenfeld. He became a British citizen in 1947, and was knighted in 1969, holding numerous honors and awards. He also became a highly successful publisher.


Lord Weidenfeld – -photo via RYOT news

But he could not have earned all those accolades if the Christians in Austria back in 1938 had not helped him escape the Nazis. And he is grateful. Now he has turned his sights to help those who are being persecuted as the Jews were in WWII.

“ISIS is unprecedented in its primitive savagery compared with the more sophisticated Nazis… When it comes to pure lust for horror and sadism, they are unprecedented. There never was such scum as these people.” Lord Weidenfeld

Now at the age of 95, Lord Weidenfeld has seen the plight of Christians in the Middle East and is moving to help them. He has initiated the “Weidenfeld Safe Havens Fund.” Already the fund has flown 150 Syrian Christians to Poland.

He provides the bulk of the money, and several other Jewish philanthropists are providing the rest.  He hopes to bring at least 2,000 Christians to safety.

For Lord Weidenfeld, it’s about returning a favor given to a little boy at the age of 5.

Muslims have attacked the Baron for his fund, saying that it doesn’t help the Muslims, only the Christians. To which he simply replies,

“I can’t save the world, but there is a very specific possibility on the Christian side. Let others do what they like for the Muslims.”

He has a debt to repay.

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