Honour our brave Holocaust Scots

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FOLLOWING the article about Scottish heroine Jane Haining, who perished in Auschwitz (News, August 24), I wanted to bring to your attention the Holocaust Educational Trust’s current project, which aims to raise awareness of British rescuers of the Holocaust.

While many like Haining have been recognised as ‘Righteous Among the Nations’ in Israel, they have not received the same formal recognition in the UK.

We have put a petition on the No 10 Downing Street website http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/UK-Rescuers/ calling the Government to reconsider the statutes governing the posthumous honours system, which currently can only be given where the individual has died while engaged in an act of bravery.

We are encouraged that the Prime Minister is writing about Jane Haining in his new book and hope with public support we will succeed in getting British rescuers of the Holocaust the recognition they deserve.

Karen Pollock, chief executive Holocaust Educational Trust

Jane Haining was not the only brave Scots woman to die in a Nazi concentration camp during the Second World War. Nurse Mary Helen Young from Aberdeen died in the gas chamber at Ravensbruck, on suspicion of the same offence for which Nurse Edith Cavell was executed in World War One – helping British prisoners to escape. Nurse Cavell, rightly, has received much publicity but the bravery of Nurse Young has been ignored.

It is time the courage of this Scottish heroine was publicised . Perhaps Gordon Brown could also include her in his forthcoming book.

Donald J MacLeod, Bridge of Don

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