The will of a woman who protected Jewish orphans during the Holocaust has been found in a Scottish church.
Jane Haining is considered a martyr by the Church of Scotland and has been called “Scotland’s Schindler” for her actions during World War II.
In 1932, she left her native Scotland to work in a church-run school for orphan girls in Budapest. When the war broke out she was advised to return home, but she declined to do so. Instead, Haining used the school to shelter and protect Jewish girls from the Nazis.
She was successful and managed to evade capture for 4 years.
Haining was eventually turned in and charged with various crimes for which she was convicted and sent to Auschwitz. Under unknown circumstances she passed away in the concentration camp in 1944.
Fox News now reports that Haining’s handwritten will has been found in the archives of a Scottish church in “Holocaust heroine’s will, lost photos, unearthed in Scotland.”
The will is short and sparse, but it is considered to be a treasure.
The will of this heroine should be of interest to historians who want to learn more details about the people who died in the holocaust and the people who tried to protect them.
Reference: Fox News (Sept. 14, 2016) “Holocaust heroine’s will, lost photos, unearthed in Scotland.”
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