Scottish missionary Jane Haining is to be included in the Scottish Episcopal Church’s liturgical calendar “on account of her faith-filled life and example that saw her die in the Nazi Concentration camp of Auschwitz Birkenau”. General Synod carried a motion from the Faith & Order Board that Ms Haining be added to the calendar of saints and heroes of the faith on 17 July each year, the anniversary of her death in 1944.
Jane Haining was a Church of Scotland Missionary in Budapest who was caring for Jewish children at the outbreak of the Second World War. She was asked to return to her native Scotland when war broke out, but refused to abandon the children in her charge, and was transported to Auschwitz. On one of the occasions she was asked to return to the UK, she replied: “If children need me in the days of sunshine, how much more do they need me in the days of darkness?”
In its report to Synod, the Board reported: “Jane Haining is well known in Hungary (there is a street named after her in Budapest) but less so in Scotland. Work has been going on between SEC and Church of Scotland colleagues on educational materials on Jane Haining and the Holocaust for Scottish schools. “She is an outstanding example of Christian witness in a life lived for others – and in this case, those of other faiths – and the willingness to face death as a result.”
Below is a YouTube link to a BBC programe about Jane’s life and work.