Destined to Witness

Destined to Witness

Growing up Black in Nazi Germany

Book - 2001
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This is a story of the unexpected.In Destined to Witness, Hans Massaquoi has crafted a beautifully rendered memoir -- an astonishing true tale of how he came of age as a black child in Nazi Germany. The son of a prominent African and a German nurse, Hans remained behind with his mother when Hitler came to power, due to concerns about his fragile health, after his father returned to Liberia. Like other German boys, Hans went to school; like other German boys, he swiftly fell under the Fuhrer's spell. So he was crushed to learn that, as a black child, he was ineligible for the Hitler Youth. His path to a secondary education and an eventual profession was blocked. He now lived in fear that, at any moment, he might hear the Gestapo banging on the door -- or Allied bombs falling on his home. Ironic,, moving, and deeply human, Massaquoi's account of this lonely struggle for survival brims with courage and intelligence.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 2001, c1999
Edition: 1st Perennial ed. --
ISBN: 9780060959616
Branch Call Number: 943.00496/MAS 4565 1


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Jan 16, 2015

just the passage of him wanting to be part of the Nazi youth is worth the read how sad and how poignant. If you ever think you got it bad and are different this may make you think again.

Jun 26, 2014

Provides a unique perspective on Nazi Germany and, to a small degree, postwar Liberia.

Dec 01, 2011

This is an almost unbelievable story. A German woman falls in love with an African man and their biracial love child grows up in Nazi Germany. He was only 5 when Hitler took over and the regime lasted for 12 years. Initially the child was unaware of the meaning of things: he wore a swastika button, said "Heil, Hitler" enthusiastically and was friends with people in Hitler's organizations and military. He was even disappointed that he couldn't serve Germany himself. But eventually he understood that the Aryan mythology would not allow him to be equal to his friends and neighbors. He became disenchanted with Hitler but remained in Germany with his mother. They survive the war, but only with great difficulty.

May 19, 2010

This is the finest memior that I've
ever read.Hopefully more people
will read this amazing true story
about a black youth growing up
in Nazi Germany!

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