- Jane Haining refused to leave Jewish girls at a Budapest school
- She was arrested and died in Auschwitz - new documents cast light on her bravery
A handwritten will and previously unpublished photographs give a fascinating insight into the life of Jane Haining, who died at Auschwitz in 1944.
The 47-year-old refused to abandon Jewish girls in her care -- many of whom were orphans -- when she was a matron at the Jewish Mission School run by the Scottish Mission in Budapest, Hungary.
She protected 315 students at the school for four long years before finally being betrayed, which led to her arrest by the Gestapo.
Before her arrest, Haining had been urged to return to Scotland. But she refused, declaring "I shall continue to do my duty," according to the documents.
"If these children need me in days of sunshine, how much more do they need me in days of darkness."
The new material, which will soon be handed over to the National Library of Scotland, was recently rediscovered in a box in the World Mission Council's archive at the church offices in Edinburgh.
One document is an extract from a report delivered by Polish Bishop Laszlo Ravasz in 1945 -- a year after Haining died at Auschwitz.
It explains that she had three times been ordered by her superiors to abandon the girls and return home.
According to the bishop -- a member of the Reformed Church who also helped to save Jews -- Haining always replied: "I shall continue to do my duty and stick to my post."
Despite being under surveillance, Haining,