http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/ (put DP camps in search box)
(Hart Hasten, I Shall Not Die, 12)
Author of memoirs: I Shall Not Die!: A Personal Memoir (Jerusalem - New
York: Gefen Publishing House, 2003).
He came penniless to the United States after surviving the Holocaust; Hart Hasten rose
to the top levels of finance and industry. He became an integral part of his community
at large, not only giving of his wealth but also his time and knowledge. He supported the
Indiana University, United Jewish Communities, and many more, and founded The Hasten
Hebrew Academy of Indianapolis. He has been living in Indianapolis, Indiana since 1964,
and visits Israel several times per year. Two of his three children, and their families, live in
The book I Shall Not Die! is the personal memoir of Holocaust survivor, Hart N. Hasten.
Looking back from the perspective of age seventy, the author presents an amazing account
of escape and rescue from Nazi occupied Poland and his formative years in the DP camps
of Europe. The saga continues as Hasten arrives in America and achieves extraordinary
success in business and attains a position of international leadership in Jewish affairs.
The book’s central core is an intimate account of Hasten’s twenty-five year friendship
with revered Israeli political leader and Prime Minister, Menachem Begin. Hasten serves
up a fascinating series of personal portraits, anecdotes and insights culled from his close
relationships with Israeli and Jewish luminaries including Ariel Sharon, Elie Wiesel and
Benjamin Netanyahu. Through it all, Hasten articulates the driving force and commitment
to Jewish strength and independence that have defined him as a world recognized leader,
as a serious and observant Jew and as a man.