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Hungary honours Jane Haining

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By Fiona Reid
Hungary honours Jane Haining

A MEMORIAL to a brave Dunscore woman has been officially unveiled in Hungary.

A brass Stolpersteine in memory of Jane Haining has been embedded in the pavement at the entrance of St Columba’s Church of Scotland in Budapest – her adopted city.

And a plaque in commemoration of the school matron, and the headteacher Margit Prem, has been erected on an exterior wall of the building on Vörösmarty, near where the school was located.

They were unveiled 80 years to the day that Miss Haining was arrested by the Germans and taken away.

The former Dumfries Academy dux had refused to abandon Jewish school girls in her care and was thus charged with eight offences. She died in Auschwitz in July 1944, aged 47.

MEMORIES . . . the former pupils

Among those attending the unveiling were former pupils who knew Miss Haining: Daisy Surányi, 91; Ágnes Vámos; and Borbála Juhász, who lived in the school’s dormitory and remembers Miss Haining personally and could be the last person alive with such a memory.

Jane Haining

Photos by Barta Baint