Scot who saved Jewish girls in Holocaust to be honoured with heritage centre

A new heritage centre celebrating a fearless Scot who gave her life to protect Jewish schoolgirls during the Holocaust will open its doors later this year.

The facility located within Dunscore Church near Dumfries will honour Jane Haining’s heroic acts that resulted in her death at Auschwitz in 1944 at the age of 47.

Jane Haining was matron at the Scottish Mission school in Budapest between 1932 and 1944.

She was aware of the growing threat the Nazis posed to the Hungarian Jews in the 1940s but was determined to ensure the school was a place where all children would feel safe.

Jane was arrested by two Gestapo officers in Budapest and later died at the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz.

The missionary hero is the only Scot to be officially honoured at the Yad Vashem memorial in Israel for giving her life to help protect Jews in the Holocaust.

The centre has been backed by a £106,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Environment Scotland and it will aim to further focus on the village and the history of Dunscore Church.

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