Daniel Solomon’s early years were shaped by the forces of history. After Daniel’s birth in 1938 in Africa to a secular Jewish family, his family moved to Provence in the south of France before the Second World War. Trapped in Europe by the awful events of the war, the Solomons were later able to return to Africa. After the war, they returned to France, where Daniel grew up.
Longing For Connection
The cultural form of Jewishness in which Daniel had been raised was unsatisfying to him. In 1954, he went on a “Jewish awareness trip” to Israel. Also on the trip was a young woman named Sara who caught his interest. He discovered that she was from Roanne, France, and that the two of them had quite a bit in common.