"All My Mothers" -The Story of Yehudith Kleinman

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Published 2017-07-02
Yehudith Kleinman was born in Venice in 1939; her mother and grandmother moved to Milan shortly thereafter. In January 1944, she was taken to a convent for safety, where she was hidden and raised as a Christian.
After the war, Yehudith had to make a fateful choice – to remain at the convent, or to immigrate to Israel as a Jew. She spent several months in a children's home in Selvino, in northern Italy.
Yehudith grew up in Israel, joined the IDF and became a teacher. She has lived much of her adult life in Kfar Saba, and is the mother of two children.
Link - www.yadvashem.org/education

All Comments (21)
  • Sue Hofkamp
    The fact that she could tell by her Mother’s expression not to choose her and to follow through with it at her young age is incredible. Her Mother’s effort to save her daughters life breaks my heart. She knew she would never see her again. This is a Mother’s love.
  • The belly button story made me cry. Her Christian friends lied to protect her, and it’s easily the most beautiful thing I’ve ever heard. Bawling over here. 😭 Thank you for your courage and incredible story
  • S J
    A child being separated from their mother is one of the worst, if not THE worst, form of human suffering.
  • Brown Bannister
    Thank-you Yehudith for your courage to tell your story.
  • Debbie Yates
    I worry deeply about the people who deny this every happened. We are living in scary times because there is an uprising of fascism in DC, and we must NOT let history repeat itself. Blessings to this lady. I am so very sorry for what she experienced.
  • Julz XD
    What a wonderful Mother superior. She loved her and told little yehudith that "Jesus was protecting her.. Always"... So much love and compassion. Praise the Lord
  • Sonia Steckle
    Anyone in this day who calls anyone else a “Nazi” should have to watch this video and other survivor stories. This woman is a hero and praise God she is here to tell us her story so history is not repeated. God bless her! Thank you for sharing your story and pain. God is with you! 🇺🇸❤️🇮🇱
  • Samikshya Panda
    This is just soo horrifying and tragic to listen to even today, approximately 73 years and three generations later.. Can't even begin to imagine how emotionally and physically exhausting it would have been for those who did and didn't perish. May all their brave souls rest forever in the peace that they never achieved, even during the last of their breaths.
  • Mother superiority . She was a perfect human being during hard times of people .
  • Very heartbreaking story. I couldn't help but laugh regarding the belly button. You were a beautiful and smart little girl and coped so well during those confusing times. It really was a miracle that you were saved and went on to have a beautiful family of your own.
  • Shoshana Kent
    Wow! What an amazing story. Yehudit is such a strong woman and her mother was so strong in letting her go. Heartbreaking.
  • Grace Amazing
    I was born the same year as Yehudith, but here in the states. I remember that time very well,
    but people now don't understand. Many refuse to believe what happened... it is unthinkable
    for them. We took refugees into our home to help them, some had no mother, but a dad to
    take care of them, as they adjusted, hoping for a safer life. Sadly, 'hatred' is still alive on this
    earth, and evil still wants to hurt and maim the ones they target. May God protect His chosen people, and us who have chosen Him as their Savior. Pray especially for His chosen, Isreal !
  • Michael Anthony
    I was moved to tears with your story. I know your mother and grandmother are with God. Please continue sharing with each generation so that this is never forgotten.
  • dragonlaughing
    I love the belly button story. So funny! The older girl knew but needed to convince her, because she was to young to understand her danger. I wonder how many Jewish children lived in convents. Not so many, perhaps.
  • Patrick Mcgloin
    a part of your story brought up a memory of missing my mother.im irish and both my parents went to england for work.after a few weeks i used to look down the lane expecting to see her walking up the hill ,coming back to me,it hurt.your story was so sad it brought a lump to my throat.i have been to bergen many times and visited belsen twice .i was 17 at the time in the forces im 70 now .the visit to the camp had a profound effect on me and i still ponder why how humans can do such things.i feel ashamed of being a human sometimes.keep the world informed over and over again to teach all new generations of what happened to your people.
  • kazaskoczen
    Very interesting and really moving story of a child's survival, which was saved by Christians and the Catholic Nuns for no other reason or material reward than the God's love and goodness of non-Jewish people.
  • joan baczek
    Wow her mother knew as much as it broke her heart that she had to look at her daughter strangely and hope her daughter was intuitive enough to know not to pick her as mama because that would mean her baby dies too. Her mom knew what that camp was all about.
  • Holly 1992
    One question....the Nazi officer who allowed Yehudith to go with her Christian neighbor had to have known that she was Jewish because her mother and grandmother was Jewish....so why did he let her go? I'm glad he did!
  • Tafri Baba
    Much more respect to the convent staffs... Salute...
  • Many chindren were saved thanks to christian nuns and priests, who risked their lives in doing so. One of my fatherś best firends Rene Bleiberg, was made pass as a christian boy un a french catholic school and saved. He came to Venezuela after the war, and lived here until he died.