Artifact of the month for October 2016
Bernhard Goldberg was born in Oslo as one of four children to David and Anna Goldberg (both born 1879 in Vilnius, Lithuania). He graduated matric in 1926 and was a medical student when the war came to Norway in 1940. Bernhard married Amalie (Makka) Selikowitz (b.1907 in Oslo) in 1937. The couple had no children.
Bernhard Goldberg became the most highly decorated Jewish war participant in Norway through the assignment of St. Olav with oak leaves. He was a ship doctor on Norwegian fighters after he fled to England in 1941. Goldberg was involved in several skirmishes at sea; he survived torpedoing of the Norwegian destroyer KNM Eskdale outside Cornwall in April 1943.
Here he excelled especially when he tied a large number of wounded onto rafts, while the ship went down. He was also on the destroyer KNM Stord where he participated in the sinking of the German battleship Scharnhorst, and he took part in the Normandy invasion. After the war he worked as a doctor in Kristiansund and Ullevål, before he established his own practice in Upper Foss 14 at Grünerløkka in Oslo. Bernhard's parents and three siblings were all deported and killed in Auschwitz. Bernhard Goldberg died of heart disease in 1959, 50 years old.