Auschwitz vic­tim’s ring tells tale of war brav­ery

His­tory: Scot died in camp af­ter shel­ter­ing Jews

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - News - BY GRAEME MUR­RAY

New in­for­ma­tion about a long-lost ring that be­longed to a Scots mis­sion­ary who died in Auschwitz will be re­vealed on the An­tiques Road­show.

Jane Hain­ing’s jew­ellery is an­a­lysed by ex­pert John Ben­jamin for a spe­cial episode of the BBC One pro­gramme to be broad­cast on Sun­day to mark Holo­caust Memo­rial Day.

Miss Hain­ing’s nieces Deirdre McDow­ell and Jane McIvor, of Lon­don­derry, are given in­for­ma­tion on the ori­gins of the arte­fact, re­cently re­turned to Church of Scot­land of­fices in Ed­in­burgh.

The two women dis­cuss how Miss Hain­ing was ar­rested by the Nazis in April 1944 for look­ing af­ter Jewish girls at the Kirk-run Scot­tish Mis­sion School in Bu­dapest, Hun­gary.

The for­mer board­ing house ma­tron’s hand­writ­ten will, a copy of the last let­ter she wrote and pho­to­graphs will also fea­ture on the pro­gramme.

Miss Hain­ing, who grew up in Dun­score, Dum­fries and Gal­loway, died in the con­cen­tra­tion camp in oc­cu­pied Poland aged 47.

Mrs McDow­ell said: “It is emo­tional and truly won­der­ful that the BBC is mak­ing this spe­cial pro­gramme which pro­vides us with the op­por­tu­nity to tell Jane’s amaz­ing story.

“She was such woman.

“She fol­lowed the Chris­tian ex­am­ple by look­ing af­ter and car­ing for vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren. Our fam­ily is hon­oured and hum­bled by Jane’s ac­tions.

“Her story is an ex­am­ple a coura­geous to us all and must con­tinue to be told to ben­e­fit the next gen­er­a­tion be­cause the world should never for­get the Holo­caust.”

BBC pro­gramme ex­perts have not at­tached a value to the arte­facts and the gold and red gar­net ring which are de­scribed as price­less be­cause of the sto­ries at­tached to them.

Mrs McIvor added: “It was a very mov­ing day and a great hon­our to be here among peo­ple who have tremen­dous sto­ries of courage and re­silience.

Miss Hain­ing was posthu­mously named as Right­eous Among the Na­tions in Jerusalem’s sa­cred Yad Vashem in 1997 and awarded a Hero of the Holo­caust medal by the UK Gov­ern­ment in 2010.

PRICE­LESS: The long-lost ring that be­longed to Bri­tish mis­sion­ary Jane Hain­ing, who died in Auschwitz, fea­tures in a BBC An­tiques Road­show spe­cial

Jane Hain­ing

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