Hay-on-Wye is a small market town in Powys, Wales known as “ The town of bookshops.”
It’s got some of the most charming bookshops in the world and it’s the world’s largest second-hand and antiquarian book centre.
Elsie Widdowson (1906-2000) was a
British dietitian who oversaw the addition of vitamins to wartime rations
across the United Kingdom. She studied chemistry at Imperial College, London,
graduating in 1928 as one of the first female students.
worked for the Department of Experimental Medicine in Cambridge, studying
nutrition and the chemical composition of the human body. She demonstrated that
a limited diet could be supported with added vitamins, which led to the
government programme of enriching wartime foods with calcium and other
nutrients. She also worked on rehabilitating the victims of extreme starvation
from Nazi concentration camps.
Jane Haining (1897-1944) is the only Scottish
person to be officially recognized as Righteous Among the Nations for her
humanitarian actions during the Second World War and the Holocaust. She was a
Church of Scotland missionary and teacher in Budapest, Hungary, and lost her
life for her convictions.
She was responsible
for the care and education of dozens of Jewish students, and refused to leave
their side when the war broke out. She was eventually captured by the Gestapo,
and sent to various concentration camps. She eventually died in Auschwitz in