Author talk: From Matron to Martyr

Matron-to-Martyr-book-coveNew Zealand author Lynley Smith visits to talk about her book From Matron to Martyr: One Woman’s Ultimate Sacrifice for the Jews Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m., at the Fairfield Public Library, 1080 Old Post Road.

The book is a fictionalized diary of Scottish missionary Jane Haining. In the 1930’s Haining went to Budapest, Hungary to work as the matron of the Girl’s Home attached to the Scottish Mission. In 1940 the Church of Scotland ordered missionaries home because of the progress of World War II, but Haining refused to leave, saying the girls needed her more than ever. In 1944 when Germany invaded Hungary, Haining was arrested and sent to Auschwitz where she died two months later. Smith will tell us more and talk about her research and writing process.

Lynley Smith is a trained teacher, journalist and author. When Smith learned of Miss Haining, a distant relative, from her mother, she felt compelled to tell her inspirational story. She traveled the world researching details and walking in Jane’s footsteps to dig out the facts of her life. She is visiting in Fairfield this season and will present her talk which she has given internationally.

All programs at the Fairfield Public Library are free. To register, or for more information about this and other programs, visit or call 203-256-3160. Follow the Fairfield Public Library on Twitter: and Facebook:

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