Jewish man who fled Nazis is rescuing Christians fleeing Isis to repay ‘debt’

Jewish man who fled Nazis is rescuing Christians fleeing Isis to repay ‘debt’

When he was a child, Christians saved Lord Weidenfeld from the Nazis by getting him out of Austria.  You’ve heard the expression “a debt that can never be repaid?” He’s going to try anyway

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A Jewish peer who fled occupied Austria as a child is funding the rescue of up to 2,000 Christians from Syria and Iraq as a way of showing his gratitude to the religion whose members saved him from the Nazis.

Lord Weidenfeld says he has “a debt to repay” to Christians fleeing Isis, because the Quakers and the Plymouth Brethren fed and clothed him and helped him to reach Britain in 1938.

The publisher is spearheading Weidenfeld Safe Havens Fund, which last week supported the flight of 150 Syrian Christians to Poland on a privately chartered plane to allow them to seek refuge, making them the first beneficiaries of the resettlement project.

The fund aims to support the refugees for 12-18 months.  He says, “I can’t save the world, but there is a very specific possibility on the Christian side.”

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