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Holocaust heroine Jane's legacy is finally revealed; FIND CHURCH REDISCOVER DOCUMENTS National Library to be given precious WWII archive.

Byline: DAVID TAYLOR david.taylor@dailyrecord.co.uk

THE will of a Scots missionary who died at Auschwitz has been revealed more than 70 years after her death.

Jane Haining is the only Scot to be honoured for giving her life to help protect Jewish schoolgirls during the Holocaust.

A box containing her will and around 70 previously unseen photos was recently rediscovered in the World Mission Council's archive at the Church of Scotland offices in Edinburgh.

The document, which reveals her worldly possessions of a wireless, typewriter, fur coat and watches, will be handed over to the National Library of Scotland.

A ring which belonged to her has also been unearthed.

Jane, who was born in Dunscore, Dumfriesshire, in 1897, died in the Nazis' extermination camp in July 1944, aged 47.

She provided a safe haven for Jewish schoolgirls, many of them orphans, at a church-run school in Budapest, Hungary.

Jane was arrested by the Nazis and sent to the concentration camp.

Reverend Ian Alexander, secretary of the World Mission Council, said: "Jane's story is one of heroism and personal sacrifice.

"The most poignant discovery is her last will and testament which says 'to be opened in the event of my death', dated July 1942.

"It is a wonderful document and tremendously exciting to have something that Jane Haining herself has written.

"It gives a sense she was fully aware of the risks she was taking."

Haining was awarded a Hero of the Holocaust medal in 2010, and is the only Scot to be honoured at the Yad Vashem holocaust memorial in Israel.

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WILL Rev Alexander with document

SELFLESS Jane chose to stay and look after schoolgirls, Left, her ring

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