Solomon Goldstein, a former executive of Lincoln Insurance who took part in the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp during the Second World War, passed away on Thursday last week. He was 93 years old.
Goldstein succumbed to pulmonary failure at Sinai Hospital, the Baltimore Sun
reported. He would have celebrated his 94th birthday on March 17.
He enlisted in the Army in 1941, and fought in France, Holland, Belgium and at the Battle of the Bulge. Goldstein saw action in D-Day as part of the second wave of troops to land in Normandy.
In 1946, he was discharged with the rank of master sergeant and returned to Baltimore. He married Jean Turk that same year. The publication said Turk was an activist and a supporter of the civil rights, anti-war and women’s rights movements. She passed away in 2006.
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He has received a Bronze Star for valor, a Purple Heart, Legion of Merit, Combat Infantry Badge with two battle stars for Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge, according to the Baltimore Sun
. In 2013, the French government awarded him with the Legion d’Honneur.
In the mid-1950s,Goldstein joined the Israeli Defense forces and spent some 35 years trying to get Jews out of the Soviet Union, according to his memoirs.
For more than 40 years, he was an executive at Lincoln Insurance. “His profession was the insurance business, but his devotion was helping people in desperate straits,” said his son, Mark David Goldstein as quoted by the Baltimore Sun
“He was involved in a lot of issues that were important to a lot of people,” he added.
Among other things, he was a founder of the Black Jewish Forum of Baltimore and served as president of the Baltimore Jewish Council. He also served on the Governor’s Commission for Youthful Offenders and served as a member of the review board of the Attorney’s Grievance Commission of Maryland.