Hartstein grew up in Czechoslovakia, grad- uating from the Hebrew Gymnasium that his parents helped estab- lish under Czech mi- nority-rights laws in the city of Munkacs/Mukacevo.He dreamed of making aliyah and joined Hashomer Hazair to prepare for life as a pioneer in a free Jewish state. Recognizing that an independent nation on the Mediterranean would need a navy, he sought admission and was accepted into the Italian Naval Academy at Civitavecchia. He op- posed Mussolini's war in Abyssinia and chose instead to study chemical engineering in Prague. He began his university studies in 1938, the year of the Munich Pact.
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