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Exhibition celebrating missionary killed in the holocaust opens in Dunscore

Jane Haining Credit: Cameron Brooks

An exhibition celebrating the life of a south of Scotland missionary who was murdered by the Nazis has gone on display in her home village of Dunscore near Dumfries.

The Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Environment Scotland granted Dunscore Church £106,400 in 2017 to showcase Haining's work.

Photographs, a video, letters, a copy of her handwritten last will and testament and her Hero of the Holocaust medal are on display among other items.

The exhibition was originally shown in Budapest.

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The Jane Haining memorial in Dunscore Credit: Cameron Brooks
  • Who was Jane Haining?

Jane Haining was born in Dunscore. She was arrested by the Gestapo in for harbouring more than 400 children, the majority Jewish orphans, at the Scottish Mission School in Budapest.

When WWII began, Jane refused to return home to Scotland, choosing to stay with the children.

If these children need me in days of sunshine, how much more do they need me in days of darkness.

– Jane Haining

The 47-year-old was eventually taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in Nazi occupied Poland where she died three months later.

In 2010, she was awarded a Hero of the Holocaust medal by the British government.

The schoolgirls Jane looked after Credit: Cameron Brooks