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Jewish Man Who Fled Nazis Funds Rescue of 2,000 Christians From ISIS to Repay ‘Debt’

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A Jewish man organized a rescue mission to save Christians from ISIS persecution. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

A Jewish man organized a rescue mission to save Christians from ISIS persecution. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

A Jewish man in the U.K. is funding the rescue of up to 2,000 Christian families from Islamic State terrorists in Syria and Iraq to show his gratitude for the Christians who saved him from Nazi persecution, The Independent reported on Tuesday.

The resettlement project, named Operation Safe Haven, last week arranged the flight of 150 Syrian Christians to Poland, where they will seek refugee. The group aims to provide 12-18 months of paid support to the refugees, according to The Independent.

The man behind the project is Lord Weidenfeld, 94, a former publisher who said he has “a debt to repay” to Christians because they provided him as a child with food and clothing, and helped him reach Britain after he fled Nazi-occupied Austria. In 1938, a year before the start of World War II, he arrived in Britain by train as part of the Kindertransport rescue effort that brought thousands of Jewish refugee children to the U.K.

“I had a debt to repay. It applies to so many young people who were on the Kindertransports,” he said. “It was Quakers and other Christian denominations who brought those children to England.”

“It was a very high-minded operation and we Jews should also be thankful and do something for the endangered Christians,” he added.

Lord Weidenfeld said he hopes to repeat the work of Sir Nicholas Winton, who organized Kindertransport trains that saved 669 youths from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. The famed humanitarian died on July 1.

Operation Safe Haven has faced criticism for its exclusion of Muslims, who have also been persecuted and forced from their homes by ISIS.

Lord Weidenfeld defended the project’s focus on Christians saying, “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.”

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  • Janet

    What a wonderful story..this man is very special

  • Ellen

    I understand the gratitude Lord Weidenfeld feels toward the people that saved him. He is returning the love that he had received from the Christian community. Born in Germany just before the war, I did not know of the horrible things that went on against jewish people. Many years ago when I became a believer in Christ, God brought all kinds of wonderful jewish people my way. My heart jumps for joy with every new one I meet. I cannot wipe away the terrible injustice done, but I can love and care for the once that I know now. They are very precious to me. Lord Weidenfeld, you truly have God’s love in your heart. May He bless you abundantly.

  • great respone people do not forget

  • Stacy Lawn

    This man is a true HERO!!! Shiryn, how can we get involved to support this effort?

  • What a wonderful man.
    May God bless him for his kindness.
    My grandfather was Jewish, and if his ancestors had not come to the UK from Germany and Austria in the nineteenth century, then I probably would not even be here leaving this comment.

  • Wm. J. Levy

    What a stupid man. Instead of helping Jews who need help he’s helping someone else.

    Why do Jews always do that?

    Jews help everyone else first.

    • Luz

      How could you say he’s stupid man, you don’t know him and what what he does with his money? He is a wealthy man, and most of the Jewish (I know you’re one of them but I believe that you’re a selfish person) people that I know who were doing so well financially, they are spending big by giving charities in Israel and other forms of charity, while they spend a big chunk also donating to hospital expansion etc. He has a big heart, and did it so well, financially so he likes to repay Christians by doing common good to Christians who are suffering too!!

    • R Fisher

      Wm J Levy – why don’t you do your research into exactly how much Lord Weindenfeld has done for our Jewish community as well as many others before making your silly comments. Thank G-d he has had none of your narrowmindness in his 94 years.

    • rachel

      It appears you are very fast to judge someone. How do you know he has not helped other Jews? I found your comment to be rude.

      May the gentleman, Lord Weidenfeld who is offering help to save human life, be blessed.

      • Lord Weidenfeld will be blessed by his effort! He did not ask the nature of the aid, only the need for it! He did not seek to know the Faith of those he wished to assist, only that they needed his help!

    • What stupidity it takes to suggest others are more in need of assistance than those who are under direct threat! To save Jews in favor of allowing non Jews to die is not Jewish, Humanitarian or Altruistic. All Jewish traits!

    • Mara Dillon

      Because they are the chosen people of God .Is a normal response .

  • Victoria Nahum

    How can I contribute?

  • Lillie Miller

    How can we help?

    • Christina

      Hugs and kisses to that man. Pray for him that God blesses his holy work.

  • Harriette

    How can I get in touch with this person to help out?

  • Grandlady

    What a kind and generous man! He is a tremendous example to all of us. Blessings on him and his family.

    • Karen Pottruff

      This is a story of kindness, humanity, & generosity. Heart-warming to know that there are people like Lord Weidenfeld in the world.

  • manu

    There are very very rich Arabic countries who sit and to nothing, because they like their fellow muslims to be killed, thus lowering the competition for power in the muslim world. There are so many sects that do nothing than fight for power and influence in the islamic world.

    Jordan is I think the only country helping them, but I assume that even that is because they are of the same islamic sect as the refugees.

    • Bob

      Turkey and Lebanon have many refugees from Syria as well as Jordan.

      • alsky

        we cant help everyone unfortunately. Life is not always fair.

  • moshemahn nhavhuthu

    I believe that Jews and Christian should help each other

    • Arul

      That is so true, Christians and Jews need to forget the past, forgive, love and help each other always because we share the same roots at the end of the day. Christians need to understand how important it is to love Jews and pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

      • Mara Dillon

        I totally agree

    • Luz

      I agree !!

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  • Rick

    God Bless Lord Weidenfeld.

    • Karen Pottruff

      Ditto,to that.

  • Thank you, Sir! You are setting an example.

  • Nancy Pearson

    I am beyond thankful for this display of love and gratitude. God richly bless you!!

  • alexander

    God Bless this Wonderful Man. This is true Humanity.

  • Thank you Sir Weidenfeld,i really appreciate what you are doing for the Christians and i am sure that they are all Thankful for what you are doing.This are troubled Times we are in and it also the End TIMES.i do not know if you ever read the New Testament in the Bible.It is the Story OF your Messiah.JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD AND SAVIOR,HE came to save us and he gave his life so that we can life.Please Sir Weidenfeld,if you have not and you find you have Time on your Hands.see,nobody get’s to the Father without having accepted JESUS as their Savior.Please,JESUS gave his Life and taking all our SINS on himself so GOD HIS FATHER will accept us now,because we have no Sin.Please in the Name of JESUS CHRIST i pray that you will take the Time to read the short Life of JESUS our Lord,Redeemer,Healer,Savior,Comforter and the Deafeater of Satan.Thank you Father in advance,Amen.

    • Pesch Kirschner

      he does not need the fake testament to know things are bad.

  • thanks for Mr. Lord Weidenfeld
    you save some kids of God.
    Jesus bless you.

  • Jacqueline

    G-d bless this man lord weidenfield


  • Mireille Mechoullam

    Lord Weidenfeld is really a mensch for not forgetting that if he is alive today is because some good Christians ave him from the Nazis. G-d bless him. I hope others who were rescue join him and do the same. Let the Saoudis, the Kuwaitis,the Emirates save their Muslims brothers.