They Were There on D Day

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“It was five days after D-Day, and Omaha Beach was still covered with the bodies of dead American soldiers. It haunts me to this day.”— Staff Sgt. Gordon Salganik

June 6 marked the 75th anniversary of D-Day. On that day, five residents of North Oaks Senior Living in Pikesville sat and reminisced. All five were part of the Allied forces that stormed the beaches of Normandy and ultimately turned the tide of World War II.


In this powerful JT exclusive, North Oaks resident and Korean War veteran Marty Waxman sat with the five D-Day veterans, interviewing them and preserving their memories, as each discussed their roles on that crucial day.

Waxman writes that three days after D-Day, Marvin Solomon wrote a 17-page letter to his wife, describing what he experienced:


“Our job was to sweep a lane free of mines parallel to the shore about a mile off the beach and six to seven miles long,” he said. “I’m proud to say, we successfully carried out our mission.” Coming across army and navy dead floating in the water, they understood what the first wave endured.

JT reporter Susan Ingram tells the bittersweet story of Pikesville native Beth Tenser. Beth died of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) in November at the age of 50, but left a beautiful legacy. Beth was a avid sports memorabilia and comic book collector. Many of her cherished items were auctioned off at the ALS Association DC/MD/VA Chapter’s DC’s Dine to Defeat ALS. Recently Beth’s father, David, took a load of Beth’s cartoon and super hero movies to Baltimore’s new Ronald McDonald House. Beth also left monetary bequests to schools she attended: Milbrook Elementary and Pikesville middle and high schools.

JT reporter Connor Graham writes on how Beth Aviv, a reform congregation in Columbia, is saying goodbye to Rabbi Seth Bernstein, and welcoming Rabbi Linda Joseph as its new spiritual leader on July 1.

Are you hungry for authentic Israeli cuisine? Keeping it kosher? Yesh Hummus opened last week in Pikesville, and JT roving reporter Shani Goloskov was there to nosh and get the scoop. (Spoiler alert: try the Israeli schnitzel, falafel and zatar fries!)

In this week’s cover story, we feature Part 1 of the winners of the second annual Best of Jewish Baltimore awards, as chosen by you, the readers! We opened nominations earlier this year, and then asked readers to vote on the finalists. This week we focus on the winners in the categories of: food, lifecycle, medical, personal services and senior resources. We profiled a winner from each category. Be sure to check out the winners, and be on the lookout for next week’s JT, as we will continue with Best of Jewish Baltimore – Part 2.

Shabbat Shalom.

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