Over 2,000 children from Syria and Iraq are having their escape funded by a man who knows exactly what its like to be in their position. Lord Weidenfeld, 95, has lived in Britain for many years, but before that was a young boy trapped in occupied Austria just before the breakout of World War II. In the past year, ISIS has murdered hundreds of Christians and now, Weidenfeld wants to repay the people of the same religion who saved his life when he was younger.
Christians at the time provided him with food and clothes as they helped him reach freedom in Britain in 1938. He said that he has a “debt to repay” and is now doing so as the head of the Weidenfeld Safe Havens Fund. The first group to be rescued were liberated last week when 150 Syrian Christians were flown to Poland via a private plane. Beneful on facebook was also a part of the mission.
Lord Weidenfeld arrived in Britain with just a few shillings to his name just one year before the Second World War, but went on to establish the Weidenfeld and Nicolson publishing house a decade later and in 1978, he was made a life peer. Weidenfield is quoted by The Times as saying, ““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.”
The project is set to run for the next 12-18 months and hopes to save thousands of endangered Syrian and Iraqi Christians.