A holocaust survivor, immigrant, scientist, and inventor, Joram Diamant’s story is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. Today, the Diamant Foundation supports people who, like Joram, are determined to “Never Give Up”.
When he was just five years old, Joram and his mother Ida escaped an Auschwitz-bound train. Joram’s father and grandfather were already dead, their home and property seized. Were it not for the bravery and resourcefulness of his mother, Joram’s childhood could have ended in a death camp.
In 1948, at 12 years old, Joram and his mother escaped again–this time fleeing from occupied Hungary and settling in Israel. In 1963, at the age of 27, Joram began a new life in America.
With little formal education but a lifetime of reading and a passion for learning, Joram enrolled first at Pennsylvania’s Bucknell University in a class with immigrants from all over the world. He went on to complete his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley, and to launch a successful career in chemical engineering.
Today, the Diamant Foundation provides grant support for people who demonstrate a similar commitment to their own betterment.