A Touching Tribute to Sol Goldstein

A Touching Tribute to Sol Goldstein

by Louise Geczy

It is with great sadness that John Carroll says goodbye to our dear friend and teacher, Sol Goldstein.  Since 1980, Mr. Goldstein has come to JC and shared his stories about his time in the military during World War Two when he participated in the Normandy invasion, the Battle of the Bulge, and liberated a sub-camp of Buchenwald, one of the Nazi death camps.  He would follow that testimony with stories of post-war rescues of Jews from places like Ethiopia and the former Soviet Union.  Mr. Goldstein died on Thursday, March 16 following a brave struggle to recover from major surgery.  He was buried on Friday, March 17 on his 94th birthday.  Hundreds of JC students, faculty, and staff have been blessed to learn and grow based on their interaction with Sol.  He made you want to act on your convictions not just think or talk about them.  His compelling personality drew others to him and endeared him to his listeners.  Sol leaves a world saddened by losing him, and less brightened than it was by his presence, but so very grateful and blessed by the time that he was here.

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