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SOLNIK, Bella Urbach Bella Urbach Solnik, passed away peacefully Saturday November 26, 2016, long past what the odds would have predicted. Born in Zdunska Wola, Poland, Bella was the second of seven children born to Abram and Golda Taube Urbach. Unfortunately, she was the only one of her immediate family, and one of only two of a very large extended family, that survived the Nazi Holocaust. Separated from her family, Bella, on her own, escaped Dachau on a death march in March of 1945, after six years under Nazi control in ghettos, labor camps, and numerous concentration camps. After being harbored for six weeks by a Bavarian farmer and his wife, she met her husband-to-be April 1945, in a Displaced Person Camp, where she was taken once her host family learned she was Jewish. Pinkus Solnik, had come to the camp in Bad Worishofen, Germany, for nutritional rehabilitation after his liberation from Dachau by American soldiers, but was healthy enough to know at first sight that Bella would be his life partner. Bella and Pinkus were married nine months later, and waited four years in Germany for legal immigration as Displaced Persons. They arrived in Atlanta in October 1949 with their first born, Goldie, sponsored by the local Jewish community. Two more daughters, Betty and Rosalie, were born to them within the next decade. Bella and Pinkus led a successful, full, and active life in America, enjoying friends, travel, theater, and dining; but always grieved the loss of family in the war. Bella spoke to schools and churches, telling of her story of survival, receiving beautiful letters and notes from the school children she touched. Bella was honored in 2010 by the U.S. National Holocaust Museum as one of six candle lighters in the U.S. Capital Rotunda during the national Days of Remembrance. Bella is now reunited with Pinkus, predeceased 2001, in dance and in love. She is survived by her daughters and son-in-laws: Goldie and Lou Bertone, Betty and Alan Sunshine, and Rosalie and Mark Wolfe; grandchildren: Darren Traub (Amy), Shaun Traub (Cara), Jeremy Wolfe (Grace), Justin Sunshine (Jennifer Famery), Reid Wolfe (Jaime), Marshall Sunshine, and Garity Wolfe; and great grandchildren: Brady, Hudson and Madison Traub, and Angelica and Grayson Wolfe. Sign online guestbook at www.edressler.com. Graveside services will be held 4:00 PM TODAY, Monday, November 28, 2016 at Arlington Memorial Park, with Rabbi Neil Sandler officiating. Donations can be made to The Breman Jewish Heritage & Holocaust Museum, www.thebreman.org; or Ahavath Achim Synagogue, www.aasynagogue.org. Arrangements by Dressler's Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Nov. 28, 2016
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