Among the many tributes to George Weidenfeld, I was most touched by the one in the JC by Michael Gove (Jan 22). It really got me thinking of how irreplaceable he is.
He was a founder, together with BenGurion, of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, to which he gave endless time. Today, it is a world-class institute leading the way in sciences, engineering and medicine with terrific Jewish, Bedouin and overseas students.
In the 1980s, when I was a governor there, George gave wonderful evenings at his Chelsea home and I was always amazed at the collection of people gathered to listen to our appeals for help to further this seat of learning.
Without any boasting or bravado, he would say to me: “If you ever need me to make a call to anyone that you