Calls for memorial to honour Christian heroine of the Holocaust

Politicians have called for a national memorial to be built in honour of a Christian heroine of the Holocaust.

Jane Mathison Haining was a Scottish missionary in Hungary who refused to stop caring for Jewish girls as World War II broke out.

Despite orders to return home, she wrote: “If these children need me in days of sunshine, how much more do they need me in days of darkness.”

Ultimate price

Haining was a guardian of a girls’ home at the Jewish Mission School in Budapest, where she managed to keep her charges safe for four years following the outbreak of war.

But in May 1944, she was sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. She died three months later.

MSP Joan McAlpine honoured her bravery, saying, “she did not stand aside but instead stood up for others and paid the ultimate price”.

“The time has come for us to pay her a lot more attention in Scotland. The time has come for some sort of national memorial”.


MSP Ross Greer also paid tribute to her, saying: “It is our responsibility never to forget, and to never stop telling those stories.”

Haining was officially declared a British Hero of the Holocaust in 2010, and she was recently featured in an exhibition at Glasgow City Chambers.