John Wall – Mail Online
A Jewish peer who escaped Nazi-occupied Austria with the help of British Christians is funding the rescue of 2,000 Christians from ISIS-held areas in Syria and Iraq as a way of ‘repaying his debts’.
Lord Weidenfeld was a penniless five-year-old when British Quakers and other Christians fed and clothed him, and helped him reach the UK in 1938 – just one year before the Second World War.
Following a hugely successful career in publishing, 95-year-old Lord Weidenfeld remains incredibly grateful for the risks taken by those who helped him, and has decided to plough money into a fund to rescue up to 2,000 persecuted Christians living under the rule of ISIS in the Middle East.
Scores of Christians have already been brutally murdered by the terror group and thousands forced to leave ancient Christian communities in north eastern Syria and western Iraq as the Islamic extremists demand they either convert to Islam, pay an extortionate rate of tax or face execution.