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From Matron to Martyr:
ISBN: 978-1-61862-200-6, Category: (1) Fiction/Historical; (2) Biography/Religious.
The true story of a Scottish missionary, Jane Haining, who went to Budapest in Hungary to work as matron in the Girls’ Home attached to the Scottish Mission to Budapest, in 1932. She remained there, refusing to return to Scotland in 1940 when the Church of Scotland ordered their missionaries home because of the onset of WW2. The others went, leaving Jane as the only foreign missionary at the mission. In 1944, Germany invaded Hungary, Jane was arrested and sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, where she died two months later, as a martyr for the Jewish children she refused to leave. Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum acknowledged her posthumously in 1997 as one of the Righteous Among the Nations.
From Matron to Martyr was published by Tate Publishing, USA, in 2012, and updated and republished by Zaccmedia UK, in 2017. It is available on the Zaccmedia website, and on-line bookseller websites and from many bookshops. It was published in the Hungarian language in Hungary by Helikon Publishers, a subsidiary of Libri Publishers, in October, 2014. The story is written as a fictionalised diary.
This story of one woman’s incredible love and sacrifice for the Jewish children is being used in Hungary by a group, Fountains of Hope, in their reconciliation work between the Jewish and Hungarian and Church communities. Author Lynley Smith is telling the story to as many people around the world as possible, to bring them the timely message of God’s love for his Chosen People and our necessary response to this – to Jewish, secular and Christian audiences. None can deny the sacrifice she made and all must decide where they stand on this vitally important issue.
Video recorded in 2017 in UK about Jane and the relevance of her story today:
Purchase in English:
1: Visit Zaccmedia UK website, or this website contact page to direct purchase from author.
2: DVD: The Jane Haining Story, by Lynley Smith can be purchase through contact page. See clip on website Media page. Only NZ$10 plus postage.
Purchase in Hungary:
1: English edition of book available in Hungary
at CLC Keresztyen Konyvesbolt,
1074, Budapest, Harsfa ut. 19.
2: Hungarian Edition:From all Libri stores from October, 2014.
Critique from readers:
Alex, videographer, Wellington, New Zealand. July, 2016.
I finally got around to reading “From Matron to Martyr” recently. It is very good! In fact, I read it a second time straight afterwards.
The amazing thing that you’ve achieved is that it really does feel like the diary records exactly what Jane would have written in real life. There were only one or two sentences here and there that felt a little contrived, mainly in her childhood – but about 98% I’d read as her words verbatim – even though I know you’re technically the author!
The way that the war slowly builds was done very well, as were the ever more creative ways of preserving the diary – they’re all believable enough. It’s very down to earth (a bit like the Bible); no hyperbole or excess drama, which I think makes the story and the message all the more punchy. A very timely message too. In many ways I don’t know what to say. It’s a truly remarkable book that I don’t think could have been written apart from the grace of God.
I have just finished your book! Well done! You did a great job telling Jane’s story. It had a liveliness about it which reflected her, or was it the way you wrote it or was it the Holy Spirit ? She had a wonderful love for her girls even when she was in captivity . My wife is reading it now.
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