* recognized in 2006
Petrašiūnai cemetery, Kauans
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 - Benigna retreated with the Germans towards Dresden, and although her escape was not successful, she was not sent to exile, while Stefanija hid in Šiauliai and changed her surname to Budrinskaitė.
Stefanija worked as a nurse and later joined the nuns. She was a very fervent Christian. She believed in loving her neighbour and doing good. She prepared children for First Communion. She worked in an orphanage in Marijampole. Throughout her life she was not only very sincere, but also very patriotic.
The Budzinskas family
Domicelė Pagojutė with Joshua and Haim Shochot. 1938