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Never the Last Journey

Zandman, Felix; Chanoff, David

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ISBN 10: 0805241280 / ISBN 13: 9780805241280
Published by Schocken Books, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1995
Condition: Good Hardcover
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First Edition. SIGNED and inscribed by Author on FFEP. Black paper over boards with black spinestrip is rubbed at Tail with fading; some faded spots on spinestrip. First Edition with entire number line present, as required by Schocken. DJ is chafed, has corner wear, dampstain verso spine top, not apparant from the outside. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 005544

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Title: Never the Last Journey

Publisher: Schocken Books, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Used

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Felix Zandman is known on Wall Street as the brilliant scientist-entrepreneur whose billion-dollar Fortune 500 company, Vishay Intertechnology, reshaped the electronic component industry. But few are aware of Zandman's incredible personal story: as a teenager he spent a year-and-a-half in Nazi occupied Poland, and that harrowing experience gave him the drive, discipline, and generosity of spirit that made his later success possible.
Taught by his grandmother Tema that the only measure of wealth is what you give away, Zandman lost his entire world in 1943 when the ghetto in his native city of Grodno was destroyed. Jammed with four others into a tiny pit beneath the cottage of a poor Polish peasant, he was left with nothing but his inner resources of imagination, intellect, and will to fend off insanity and find a reason to go on living.
Lying next to him in the hole, his uncle taught him higher mathematics, lessons he later turned to good use in winning a doctorate in physics from the Sorbonne. In 1966 he came to the United States, where one of his breakthrough discoveries became the basis for a company he named for his grandmother's shtetl. Vishay revolutionized an industry and today employs sixteen thousand people worldwide, among them the grandson of the woman who saved him.

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In a cramped, insect-infested pit beneath a Polish farmer's bedroom floorboards, Jewish teenager Felix Zandman?jammed together with two men and two women?hid from the Nazis for a year and a half. He emerged from this living grave at the age of 17, in 1944, to discover that his parents and sister had been found by the Gestapo in a different hiding place and been deported to death camps. In this moving autobiography, Zandman, a scientist, inventor and CEO of Vishay Intertechnology, a Fortune500 electronics firm based in Philadelphia, describes his odyssey from France, where he arrived in 1946 as an engineering student, to the U.S., where he worked on early nuclear submarines, designed a top-secret Israeli tank and invented an ultraprecise resistor that enabled him to launch Vishay in 1962. Beset by nightmares engendered by his Holocaust ordeal, Zandman laid to rest his internal fury with the help of his second wife, Ruta, whom he met in Israel in 1977, and by testifying in Germany at the trial of the Gestapo butchers who had liquidated his Polish hometown's Jewish ghetto. This is an inspiring, heartbreaking document. Photos not seen by PW.
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