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Jane Haining


1897 - 1944

Missionary and martyr. Born in Dunscore (Dumfries and Galloway) and educated at Dumfries Academy. Haining worked as a threadmaker in Paisley, but after hearing of the plight of Jewish children in Budapest (Hungary) she joined a Church of Scotland mission to help. She became known as a strict teacher in the Presbyterian tradition. However, following the Nazi invasion, and despite warnings from the Church to leave, she remained to care for the children. She was arrested and eventually murdered in the concentration camp at Auschwitz, the most famous of the very few Scots to meet this terrible fate. She is remembered in the stained-glass windows of Queen's Park Church in Glasgow, at the Church in Dunscore, at the Scottish Mission in Budapest and by a stone in the 'Vigil for the Scottish Parliament' monument on Calton Hill in Edinburgh.


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