Jane Haining at Dumfries Academy, Scotland (front row, second right). The photograph was taken ca. 1909–1916. It appears to be a school hockey team. She was an exceptional student.

Jane Haining's handwritten will, June 1942. Testament which says “to be opened in the event of my death”. She was fully aware of the risks she was taking by staying in Budapest.

Part of a postcard, dated 15 July 1944 (stamped 21 July 1944), sent by Jane Haining from the Auschwitz concentration camp to Margit Prém, head of the Scottish mission school for Jewish and Christian children in Budapest. Haining died two days after sending the letter.

Jane Haining memorial plaque in the Dr James Macdonald Webster prayer hall of the Scottish Mission in Budapest (St Columba's Church of Scotland, Budapest. VI. Vörösmarty utca 51). Memory of Jane Haining lives on in Hungarians' memory.

Jane Haining
(1897–1944)

Jane Haining (1897–1944) - born in a small village in Scotland, as the fifth child in a family of farmers. She grew up in the United Free Church of Scotland congregation and attended a local school. Thanks to a scholarship for the best students she attended secondary school at Dumfries Academy. Jane was an excellent student and could continue her education at Glasgow College. After graduation, she began working as a secretary for a thread manufacturer in the Scottish capital, while teaching at the Sunday School of West United Free Church. In 1932, an announcement in the Church of Scotland magazine “Life and Work” caught her eye, and subsequently changed her life and gave her a new purpose.  The advertiser was seeking a matron for girls in a Jewish mission school in Budapest whose goal was mainly evangelisation of Jews. After one year of training, she went on a mission to Hungary. Jane Haining looked after the girls in her facility from 1933 until her arrest in May 1944. She was on vacation when the war broke out, but as soon as she found out about the fighting, she immediately went back to Budapest to take care of the school. Meanwhile, the chairman of the Jewish mission committee that oversaw the school asked her to return to safe Scotland, but she flatly refused, saying she had to "protect the girls." The students who survived the war recalled how much Jane Haining looked after them: she got food, clothes, mended shoes and taught. Hungary at that time was a relatively safe country for Jews, but the situation changed after the invasion of the Third Reich forces in March 1944. The Gestapo began to operate in Budapest, and Jane Haining, known for her work for the benefit of the Jewish community, was one of the first detainees. In May, she was secretly taken to Auschwitz, where she was given the number 79467. On 15 July, she wrote her last letter, and two days later she died in the concentration camp due to “cachexia following intestinal catarrh”.