The MP for Dumfries and Galloway, Russell Brown, marked Holocaust Day on Sunday (27 January) by joining members of the congregation of Dunscore Parish Church to lay a wreath at the Jane Haining Memorial in the village.
Jane Haining, described as “Scotland’s Schindler”, was born at Lochenhead farm in Dunscore in 1897 and worked as a Church of Scotland missionary to Hungarian Jews from 1932, caring for 400 young orphans at a school in Budapest.
Jane refused to return home to Scotland when war broke out in 1939 and chose instead to stay with the children in her care.
She was then arrested by the Nazis in 1944 for refusing to leave the orphans, and deported to Auschwitz, where it is believed she was gassed.
“Memorial Day is an opportunity to reflect and remember the innocent victims of the Holocaust, and re-commit to combat all forms of prejudice.
It was therefore entirely appropriate to mark the day by laying a wreath at Jane Haining’s memorial in Dunscore.
When the Second World War began, Jane could have chosen to return home from Hungary. However, her love and dedication for the children she cared for meant she stayed to try to protect them.
This ultimately cost Jane her own life and like so many people she perished at Auschwitz. Jane’s bravery is an inspiration to us all and the community of Dunscore hold her memory dear to their hearts.
The local village children all know about Jane’s story and we need to get that story out into the wider world.
Jane was an ordinary person who did extraordinary things."
- Russell Brown MP