Mary Miller at Edinburgh Central Library
Join author Mary Miller for a talk about her book on the life and work of Jane Haining.
Jane Haining, a farmer’s daughter from Galloway, went to work at the Scottish Jewish Mission School in Budapest in 1932 where she was a boarding school matron in a school of mostly Jewish pupils. Jane ignored orders to leave when Hungary was invaded by the Nazis which led to her arrest in April 1944. She died in the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz a few months later. Jane’s courage and self-sacrifice, and choice to stay and protect the children in her care, has made her an inspiration to humanity.
Mary Miller was a founder member and Director of the Jeely Piece Club, sharing with other local families in establishing self-help and mutual support for parents and children in a Glasgow housing scheme. Later specialising in the care of traumatised children, she carried out a similar role for HIV+ orphans in rural Zimbabwe from 2007-2012. Named the Evening Times’ ‘International Scotswoman of the Year’ in 2009, her lifelong interest in the care of children in difficult situations drew her to explore Jane Haining’s devotion to the Jewish girls in her care.
This talk is part of the Library’s programme to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day on 27th January every year.