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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.
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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]].
  
Lord Weidenfeld has published works of many important international historians and biographers and the memoirs of some of the most eminent 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.
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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. <ref>Institute for Strategic Dialogue, [http://www.strategicdialogue.org/about-us/trustees/ Trustees], accessed 31 March 2009</ref>
  
A British citizen since 1946, he has been twice honoured for his work in Britain, first through a knighthood and secondly through a peerage in 1976. From 1992 to 1994 he was Vice-Chairman of the University of Oxford Campaign and since 1994 has been Vice-President of the Oxford University Development Programme, and is especially involved with the Europaeum network of postgraduate Institutes of European Affairs. He is an Honorary Fellow of St. Peter's College, Oxford, an Honorary Fellow of St. Anne's College, Oxford, Honorary Dlitt, Exeter University. He was made an Honorary Senator of Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Bonn in 1996 and Magister, Diplomatic College Vienna in 1999 and has received a Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters (DLitt) by the University of Exeter (June 2001). Furthermore, Lord Weidenfeld has received the Charlemagne Medal for European Media in Aachen (Germany, 2000) and in 2002 he was awarded the Austrian Cross of Merit for Arts and Science.
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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. <ref>Dennis Sewell, '[http://www.newstatesman.com/node/141970 A Kosher Conspiracy?]', ''New Statesmen'', 14 January 2002.</ref>
  
Among other appointments he is Chairman of [[Weidenfeld & Nicolson]]; Chairman, Board of Governors, [[Ben Gurion University]] of the Negev; Vice-Chairman of [[EU-Israel Forum]]; Governor of Tel-Aviv University; Governor of the [[Weizmann Institute]]; Board member of [[Herbert Quandt Foundation]] Bad Homburg and Consultant to the [[Bertelsmann Foundation]]. He is also a columnist for [[Die Welt]] and Welt am Sonntag {{ref|1}}
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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]], [[Lyndon B Johnson|President Johnson]], [[Moshe Dayan]], Dr. [[Henry Kissinger]] and [[Shimon Peres]]. <ref>Club of Three website [http://www.clubofthree.com/club-of-three/bio-georgew.html George Weidenfeld]</ref>
  
 
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==Affiliations==
* Founder [[Club of Three]]
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* Founder [[Club of Three]] | [[EastWest Institute]], Board member | [[European Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism]] | [[German-British Forum]] | [[Institute for Strategic Dialogue]] | [[Jerusalem Foundation]], UK Trustee | [[New Atlantic Initiative]] | [[The New World Order Forum]] | [[Institute for Human Sciences]]/[[Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen]], Vienna, Austria, Patron | Among other appointments he is Chairman of [[Weidenfeld & Nicolson]]; President of the [[Institute for Strategic Dialogue]]; Director of [[Cheyne Capital Management]]; Honorary Chairman, Board of Governors, [[Ben-Gurion University of the Negev]]; Board Member of [[Herbert Quandt Foundation]] Bad Homburg, Consultant to the [[Bertelsmann Foundation]] and columnist for Die Welt and Welt am Sonntag (Berlin). <ref>Institute for Strategic Dialogue, [http://www.strategicdialogue.org/about-us/trustees/ Trustees], accessed 31 March 2009</ref>| [[MEMRI]] - Board of Advisors | [[Israel, Britain and the Commonwealth Association]] - Honorary Member
*[[EastWest Institute]], Board member
 
*[[Jerusalem Foundation]], UK Trustee
 
*[[New Atlantic Initiative]]
 
*[[German-British Forum]]
 
  
 
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== Notes ==
#{{note|1}} Club of Three website [http://www.clubofthree.com/club-of-three/bio-georgew.html George Weidenfeld]
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[[Category:Israel Lobby]][[Category:Institute for Strategic Dialogue|Weidenfeld, George]]

Latest revision as of 18:33, 5 December 2019

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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