Destined to Witness: Growing Up Black in Nazi Germany

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Paperback, Perennial (HarperCollins), 2001, ISBN # 0060959614
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A respected journalist and veteran of the Civil Rights Movement offers a telling chronicle of his fascinating experiences during the Holocaust, describing his survival as a black youth in Nazi Germany in the midst of racial hatred and daily danger. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.

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A respected journalist and veteran of the Civil Rights Movement offers a telling chronicle of his fascinating experiences during the Holocaust, describing his survival as a black youth in Nazi Germany in the midst of racial hatred and daily danger. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.

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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Number of Pages: 480
Original Languages: English
Author: Massaquoi, Hans J.
Publisher: Harpercollins
Publication Date: February, 2001
ISBN-13: 9780060959616
ISBN-10: 0060959614
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Generally, I would not have picked up a book this thick. I teach, I take classes and I do not have the time. I love to read, but go for the quick reads. I am so glad that I did not by-pass this book. The writing was excellent with details so vivid that you clearly pictured the scenes. As he recounted the stories of his early life and his reactions, I was enthralled. It seemed he was also destined to prosper. I could only imagine the courage and character that he had to develop being so different at a turning point in Germany. There were points of great humor, suspense, warm heartiness and anger. The book gives an added dimension to the complexity of the German people during the war and to us, the human race. The book was much better than expected. It is a testimonial to the enduring traits of love, intelligence, self-discipline, and perseverance.

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I was immediately attracted to the subject matter of this book - a black child growing up in National Socialist Germany! Come on, some things you just can't make up! The book was an interesting read, not as exciting as expected, but still worth a look by any WWII or history buffs. Not just for a new view from a first hand witness to Hitler's Germany but about the story of a truly accomplished and successful man.

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