From a Coal Mining Town in Moravia to the Capital of the Western World is the autobiography of George Wolf Löwy, who was born in 1926 in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic). In 1938, at age 12, he immigrated with his parents to Palestine, avoiding the horrors of the Holocaust in Europe. After a total of nine years of formal education, Löwy went through a four-year apprenticeship in optical instrumentation. He was a member of the underground Haganah organization and participated in Israel's War of Independence. In 1958, he immigrated with his wife, Edith, and daughter, Orit, to the United States. One year after arriving in the States, his wife gave birth to a second daughter, Nomi. The family settled in Silver Spring, Maryland, where Löwy worked as a scientific instrument maker at the American Instrument Company (Aminco). While working full time, he enrolled at George Washington University and Maryland University, where he received a degree in physics. In 1981, Löwy became vice president of a new company specializing in the development and marketing of instruments for chromatography. He retired in 1993 at age 67. George Löwy lives with his wife in Leisure World, Silver Spring, Maryland. He has 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren. Löwy says, "The years after retirement are the happiest in my life."
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