Bernd Solomon was born March 28, 1922 in Koblenz, Germany to Rosa Stern Salomon and Sally Salomon. His childhood was interrupted by the rise of Nazi Germany. He and his father were arrested November 9, 1938 on Kristallnatcht, the Night of Broken Glass, and spent the night in jail while his synagogue was burned to the ground. Soon after, he and a cousin were able to obtain visas to England but unfortunately he was never able to help his parents escape. They both subsequently perished in the Holocaust, something for which he never forgave himself.
Once in England he tried to join the British forces but was denied because, though Jewish, he was still German and classified as an enemy alien. He lived in London working as a baker and survived countless bombing raids during the Battle of Britain. After the war ended he joined his grandmother in New York upon learning that she had survived
In New York, he worked tirelessly, first as a baker and then as a taxi driver. He met and married Marianne Schadt, also a survivor, who predeceased him 2000. They had two children who both became physicians, a great source of pride. After retirement, they moved to Middletown to be near their children and grandchildren.
While living in Middletown he was an active member of Temple Sinai and could be found there most Saturday mornings until he became too ill, He was always available if needed for a prayer service. He drove until he was 92.
He is survived by his children, Arlene Roshko and her husband Boris, and Stephen Solomon and his wife Ellen, and four grandchildren, Benjamin and Jeffery Roshko, and Melissa and Daniel Solomon. He was sad that he would not make it to Daniel’s college graduation next year. The grandchildren were the light of his life.
Our dad will be remembered as a truly honorable and humble man. But he will also be remembered for his delicious Opa marble cake, often found at gatherings after having shared the recipe with many family members and friends.
Funeral services will be at Temple Sinai, 75 Highland Ave., Middletown, NY on Sunday, February 11 at 11AM with burial to follow in the Temple Sinai Cemetery, Circleville. Shiva will be at the home of Ellen and Stephen Solomon on Sunday after burial and Monday through Thursday evenings from 7 PM until 9 PM.
Donations can be made in to either Temple Sinai, 75 Highland Avenue, Middletown, NY, or the United States Holocaust Museum.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Cornelius, Dodd & Connell Funeral Home, Middletown, NY.