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Book Title: Destined to Witness: Growing Up Black in Nazi Germany|
The author of the book: Hans J. Massaquoi
Edition: William Morrow Paperbacks
Date of issue: February 6th 2001
ISBN 13: 9780060959616
Format files: PDF
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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.
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Read information about the authorHans-Jürgen Massaquoi is a German American journalist and author, the son of a German mother and Liberian Vai father. His paternal grandfather was Momulu Massaquoi, the consul general of Liberia in Germany at the time and the first African diplomat to represent his country in Germany.
Growing up in Hamburg, Massaquoi suffered severe discrimination during the Nazi dictatorship, an experience he later wrote about in his memoir, Destined to Witness. After spending time with his paternal family in Liberia, he eventually emigrated to the United States, where he took up employment with and, over time, became editor in chief of Ebony magazine. In the course of his career as a journalist, he met and interviewed numerous celebrities, among them Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Jesse Jackson, Muhammad Ali (who also became a close friend), Diana Ross, Jimmy Carter, and former German foreign minister Walter Scheel.
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