George Weidenfeld

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Born in Vienna, George Weidenfeld left Austria for England in 1938. During World War II he worked with the BBC Overseas Service, mainly as News Commentator on European Affairs, and in 1945 founded the publishing firm, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, with Nigel Nicolson.

In 1949 he became Political Advisor and Chef de Cabinet in Israel to Dr. Chaim Weizmann, and spent a year in this capacity before returning to Britain and publishing. [1]

Writing for the New Statesmen in 2002, Dennis Sewell claimed that Weidenfeld, 'a serious operator at the level of government, editors and media proprietors', often used his influence to try and prevent critical media coverage of Israel. [2]

Weidenfeld has published works of many important international historians and biographers and the memoirs of some of the most prominent politicians of his generation, including General de Gaulle, Dr. Konrad Adenauer, Harold Wilson, Golda Meir, President Johnson, Moshe Dayan, Dr. Henry Kissinger and Shimon Peres. [3]

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  1. Institute for Strategic Dialogue, Trustees, accessed 31 March 2009
  2. Dennis Sewell, 'A Kosher Conspiracy?', New Statesmen, 14 January 2002.
  3. Club of Three website George Weidenfeld
  4. Institute for Strategic Dialogue, Trustees, accessed 31 March 2009

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