* recognized in 2006
Žemaičių kalvarija cemetery, Plungė district
About the rescuer and the rescue story
Benigna and Antanas got married at the beginning of the 20th century. The couple owned a 31-hectare farm in the Telšiai district, in the village of Degučiai. The family had four children - Stefanija, Benigna, Aloyzas and Genovaitė. All family members worked on the farm, sometimes hiring seasonal workers. During the German occupation, the Budzinkas family hid Joshua, a child of the Shochot family, who was only 9 years old at the time. The older daughters of the Budzinkas family, Benigna and Stefanija, were very active in helping.
At the end of the war, the Budzinkas family was exiled for 6 years. Aloyzas Budzinskas went into exile with his wife, who did not want to separate from her husband. Only the daughters Stefanija and Benigna managed to escape exile - Stefanija hid in Šiauliai and changed her surname, while Benigna retreated with the Germans towards Dresden, and although her escape was not successful, she was not sent to exile.
Benigna settled in Klaipėda and lived there all her life. She spoke German and French. She had many acquaintances with Germans and spoke German so well that not everyone could understand Benigna's origin. He did not start a family. She quickly showed the secretary who was interested in her the door. She worked in a pharmacy until her retirement, and during the Soviet era drove a German truck for the pharmacy. She was an independent and very strong woman.
Benigna Budzinskienė (standing) with Domicelė Pagojutė
Benigna Budzinskaitė with Joshua Shochot
The Budzinskas family
Domicelė Pagojutė with Joshua and Haim Shochot. 1938