Jewish peer who fled Nazis funds operation to rescue Syrian and Iraqi Christians

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World A Jewish peer, who was helped by Christians flee Nazi-occupied Austria and settle in Britain, is showing his thanks by funding a rescue mission of up to 2,000 Christian families in Iraq and Syria suffering at the hands of ISIS.

George Weidenfeld, a crossbench peer, said he had a “debt to repay” 77 years after the Plymouth Brethren, a Christian group, took him in after he reached Britain via Kindertransport in 1938. Quakers played a key role in the Kinderstransport, an operation that evacuated children in danger of persecution by the Nazis.

The first phase of Operation Safe Havens, organised by the Weidenfeld Safe Havens Fund, saw 150 people flown by privately-chartered plane from Syria to Poland last Friday with the permission of the Polish government and Syria’s Assad regime.

Source Catholic Herald

Note: Arthur George Weidenfeld, Baron Weidenfeld, (born 13 September 1919) is a British publisher, philanthropist, and newspaper columnist.

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