Perry Newman, President of Atlantica Group LLC, tells the story of Felix Zandman, a Polish Jewish man who, after hiding literally in a hole underground for a year during the Holocaust, immigrated to Maine and found success. Zandman pursued his education in France and received prestigious awards, then went on to form an American company, creating thousands of jobs across the globe, and developed many scientific innovations and patents.

Newman tells this humbling story to highlight the importance of welcoming new immigrants into our communities in Maine and abroad. By welcoming them we can help to foster their talents and skills, which can contribute to the growth of our economy and society as a whole.

In Maine’s Unrealized Human Potential, Newman tells the remarkable story of Felix Zandman’s success to emphasize the importance of looking inside and outside our borders to find greatness.

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