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Destined to witness :my odyssey

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A great deal of Holocaust survival stories revolve around disguise--many Jews were forced into impersonation by the desperateness of their plight. Imagine if a person, by the accident of birth, was deigned a target of Nazi hatred but hadn't an option of disguise.

The son of a well-to-do African and a white German nurse, Hans lived a privileged toddler's life befitting the grandson of a diplomat. Concern for Hans's frail health caused his mother to remain with him in Germany when his grandfather and father were compelled to return to Liberia. He and his mother become part of Hamburg's poor working class, forced to live in a cramped attic apartment without hot water and electricity. But their change in social status was to be only the beginning of their hardships.

For twelve agonizing years following Hitler's rise to power, Hans, like all non-Aryans, was dehumanized and devalued by the Nazis. Living in constant fear of death, by either the Gestapo executioners or Allied bombs, Hans's existence became increasingly precarious until liberation by British troops in 1945.

What sets Hans's story apart from other memoirs of the Holocaust era is that his high visibility made him an easily recognizable target, stranded without the comfort of a racial community of any sort. Destined to Witness is a memoir filled with courage, feeling, and intelligence that will touch readers everywhere.A great deal of Holocaust survival stories revolve around disguise--many Jews were forced into impersonation by the desperateness of their plight. Imagine if a person, by the accident of birth, was deigned a target of Nazi hatred but hadn't an option of disguise.

The son of a well-to-do African and a white German nurse, Hans lived a privileged toddler's life befitting the grandson of a diplomat. Concern for Hans's frail health caused his mother to remain with him in Germany when his grandfather and father were compelled to return to Liberia. He and his mother become part of Hamburg's poor working class, forced to live in a cramped attic apartment without hot water and electricity. But their change in social status was to be only the beginning of their hardships.

For twelve agonizing years following Hitler's rise to power, Hans, like all non-Aryans, was dehumanized and devalued by the Nazis. Living in constant fear of death, by either the Gestapo executioners or Allied bombs, Hans's existence became increasingly precarious until liberation by British troops in 1945.

What sets Hans's story apart from other memoirs of the Holocaust era is that his high visibility made him an easily recognizable target, stranded without the comfort of a racial community of any sort. Destined to Witness is a memoir filled with courage, feeling, and intelligence that will touch readers everywhere.

Synopsis:

An untold story of the Holocaust, this fascinating and beautifully rendered memoir chronicles the experiences and ultimate survival of a black youth growing up in Nazi Germany.

About the Author

Hans J. Massaquoi emigrated to the United States in the early 1950s. He served in the U.S. Army and then became a journalist for Johnson Publishing, where he was managing editor of Ebony magazine. He was an active participant in the civil rights movement. The father of two sons, Hans lives with his wife, Katherine, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780688171551
Subtitle:
Growing Up Black in Nazi Germany
Author:
Massaquoi, Hans J
Author:
Massaquoi, Hans
Publisher:
William Morrow
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
Historical - Holocaust
Subject:
Social conditions
Subject:
National socialism
Subject:
Racism
Subject:
Blacks
Subject:
Blacks -- Germany -- Biography.
Subject:
General Biography
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
19991020
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9.54x6.47x1.51 in. 1.81 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , An untold story of the Holocaust, this fascinating and beautifully rendered memoir chronicles the experiences and ultimate survival of a black youth growing up in Nazi Germany.
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