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Holocaust heroine honour pursued

Jane Haining (from Dumfries and Galloway online)
Jane Haining refused to leave the orphans in her care

MPs are to debate moves which could end in a posthumous honour for a woman who died in Auschwitz after refusing to abandon Jewish children in her care.

Jane Haining chose to stay at a school in Budapest, Hungary, after German forces invaded in March 1944.

Russell Brown MP, whose constituency includes her hometown of Dunscore, has secured the debate next week.

He hopes to change the current honours system to allow posthumous recognition for people like Miss Haining.

A campaign for the move was launched by the Holocaust Educational Trust last year.

Miss Haining, who has been described as "Scotland's Schindler", worked as a missionary in Hungary caring for hundreds of young orphans.

She was offered the opportunity to leave when World War II broke out but elected to stay and look after the children.

When German forces invaded in March 1944 she was arrested and taken to Auschwitz where it is believed she died in August that year.

Holocaust memorial

Mr Brown said: "Jane was a remarkable and brave individual.

"When the war began she could have returned home to Scotland.

"Her love and dedication to the Hungarian orphans in her care, who she refused to leave, ultimately cost her own life in the gas chamber at Auschwitz."

His early day motion cites two other individuals he believes have not received sufficient recognition by the UK Government.

Major Frank Foley, from Somerset, was an MI6 agent who is credited with helping to save thousands of Jews in the 1930s.

Warwickshire-born June Ravenhall risked her life by sheltering a Jewish child in occupied Holland.

All three have had their names inscribed on the Holocaust memorial at Yad Vashem in Israel.

Mr Brown now hopes the barrier can be lifted to their being recognised through the British honours system.



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