Albert “Sol” Solomon Goldstein was in born in Baltimore, Maryland on March 17, 1923. After the United States entered World War II in 1941, Sol immediately enlisted in the army. He joined the 1st Infantry Division, 16th Regiment, in the C division and fought in Europe. On June 6, 1944, he fought in the Battle of Normandy. In December of 1944 and in January of 1945, Sol fought in the Battle of the Bulge. A few months later, he crossed into Germany through Aachen, towards Weimar, and helped to liberate the Buchenwald concentration camp in April of 1945.
When the war ended, Sol moved to Paris for a year. He returned home to Baltimore after being discharged from the Army on January 13, 1946. He met his wife, Jean Turk, in New York and the two married a month later. In June 1946, Sol purchased a bar in Baltimore. During the mid-1950s, he enlisted and joined the Israeli Defense Forces, working to get Jews out of the Soviet Union. After being discharged in 1982, he traveled to Ethiopia to work with the Jewish Ethiopian community. He then volunteered for the Baltimore Jewish Council and ultimately founded the Black Jewish Forum of Baltimore. Sol continues to share his story to keep his legacy alive.
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