In 1938, a young boy fled Austria with the help of British Christians. Now, in 2015, he is giving back to them by saving them from the terrors of ISIS, reports the United Kingdom’s The Independent.
George Weidenfeld was just a five-year-old boy, penniless and starving, and living in Nazi-occupied Austria when British Quakers and Plymouth Brethren decided to help -- feeding and clothing him, as well as bringing him to the United Kingdom one year before the Second World War began, according to the Daily Mail.
Weidenfeld went on to found the publishing business Weidenfeld & Nicolson, and, in 1976, he was made a life peer in his adopted England with the title Baron. Now a 95-year-old man, Weidenfeld believes he has “a debt to repay” to those Christians fleeing from the Islamic State. He has headed the Weidenfeld Safe Havens Fund to give aid, which hopes to give 12 to 18 months of paid support to the refugees. Recently, the organization paid for the flight of 150 Syrian Christians to Poland, The Independent notes.
“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,” the publisher expressed in an interview with The Times, reports The Independent. “It was very high-minded operation and we Jews should also be thankful and do something for the endangered Christians.”
Thousands of Christians have been brutally murdered under the Islamic regime and many have had to flee. Moreover, the president of the Center for Strategy, Military and Security Studies in Syria recently told MailOnline that ISIS may even be looking to attack Christian religious sites in Europe, reports the Daily Mail.
However, many are critical of the fact that the fund does not address the suffering of the Muslims who may also be seeking refuge from the region and the extremist group. According to the Daily Mail, Weidenfeld responded, “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."
With his fund, Weidenfeld expressed that he hopes to recreate the work of people like the late Sir Nicholas Winton, who organized trains to save over 10,000 Jewish children from the Nazis, according to The Independent.