Lord Weidenfeld GBE (1919 - 2016)

It is with great sadness that we learned of the death this morning of George, Lord Weidenfeld, the Founding Governor of The Weidenfeld Fund. The fund exists to encourage friendly relations between the Christian and Jewish Communities.

George’s legacy in the light of his own experience in the 1930s has been the support of members of the Communities fearing, as he did in 1938, for their lives and the lives of their families.

Lord Weidenfeld regarded the persecution of Christians in the Middle East at the hands of ISIS as an outrage which the world must respond to.

His personal response was the creation of The Weidenfeld Fund to resettle Christians at risk to places of safety.

His foresight ensures that this work will continue and he remained actively involved in the planning of resettlement of families even during the past few days. He will be missed tremendously.

If you wish to support the work of the Fund, please send a Cheque (or a CAF Voucher) in favour of ‘The Weidenfeld Fund’ c/o 37 Fleet Street, London EC4P 4DQ.

“…the plight of these people is dire and we need to do whatever we can to save the lives of innocent men, women and children
– LORD WEIDENFELD (1919 – 2016)

Message from Lord Weidenfeld (1919 - 2016)

We are driven be a simple wish to help fellow human beings, in their hour of need.

In the 1930s thousands of Jews, mainly women and children, were helped by Christians who took enormous personal risks to save them from certain death.

In 1938, a penniless refugee fleeing the holocaust, I was helped by Christian family who took me in as one of their own, helped save my parents’ life, gave me a chance to finish my studies, and made my life possible.

Later on I had the great privilege of getting to know Pope John Paul II. He showed great interest in and concern for the Jews, and once said to me the ‘Jews are the elder brother of the Christians’.

I believe today we owe a debt of gratitude.

The countries that witnessed the birth of Christianity in the Middle East are in turmoil, and many communities are suffering unspeakable violence and cruelty at the hands of ISIS thugs.

Nobody wishes to see communities displaced from their homes, and moving Christians from their homes for 2,000 years is something we do with a heavy heart.

But the plight of these people is dire and we need to do whatever we can to save the lives of innocent men, women, and children.

Partner Organisations

The Weidenfeld Fund is in partnership with a number of organisations.

With our partners we help threatened Christians and where appropriate find them places of safety, often in challenging and hostile environments.

The Governors of The Weidenfeld Fund

  • The Lord Woolf PC CH (President)
  • The Marquess of Reading (Vice-President)
  • Mr Samuel Hayek (co-Chairman)
  • Mr Martin Green (co-Chairman)
  • Sir Charles Hoare Bt.(Managing Governor)
  • Mr Ben Barnett
  • Mr Michael Webber