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Destined to Witness: Growing Up Black in Nazi Germany (origineel 1999; editie 2001)

door Hans J. Massaquoi (Auteur)

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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.… (meer)
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Titel:Destined to Witness: Growing Up Black in Nazi Germany
Auteurs:Hans J. Massaquoi (Auteur)
Info:William Morrow Paperbacks (2001), 480 pages
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Dies ist eine Geschichte des Unerwarteten. In "Destined to Witness" hat Hans Massaquoi eine wunderschön wiedergegebene Memoiren geschrieben - eine erstaunlich wahre Geschichte darüber, wie er als schwarzes Kind in Nazideutschland erwachsen wurde. Als Sohn einer prominenten afrikanischen und einer deutschen Krankenschwester blieb Hans Massaquoi bei seiner Mutter zurück, als Hitler an die Macht kam, nachdem sein Vater nach Liberia zurückgekehrt war, weil er um seine zerbrechliche Gesundheit besorgt war. Wie andere deutsche Jungen ging Hans zur Schule; wie andere deutsche Jungen geriet er schnell in den Bann des Führers. So war er niedergeschmettert, als er erfuhr, dass er als schwarzes Kind nicht für die Hitlerjugend in Frage kam. Sein Weg zu einer weiterführenden Schule und einem späteren Beruf war blockiert. Er lebte nun in der Angst, dass er jeden Augenblick hören könnte, wie die Gestapo an die Tür klopfte oder alliierte Bomben auf sein Haus fielen.
Ironisch, bewegend und zutiefst menschlich - Massaquois Bericht über diesen einsamen Kampf ums Überleben ist voller Mut und Intelligenz.
  Fredo68 | May 14, 2020 |
5671. Destined to Witness Growing Up Black in Nazi Germany, by Hans J. Massaquoi (read 21 Jan 2020) This book was published in 1999, Its author was born in Hamburg, Germany, on 19 Jan 1926, to a German who was a girlfriend of a a son of a Liberian consular official in Hamburg. He had minimal contact with his black fat5her as he grew up in Hamburg, and went to German schools and was often the victim of racist discrimination. The book tells the story of his growing up in interesting detail. He wanted to be a soldier but fortunately the Nazis would not permit that. After the war he went to Liberia where he was with his father for a bit, but they did not get along. Eventually the author arrived in the United States on a student visa, but was quickly drafted and was in the U.S. Army while the Korean War was going on, but never served except in the U.S. I found the account consistently interesting and good reading, and wished he had told more of his life afterwards, when he became an editor of Ebony magazine and met Joe Louis, Jimmy Carter, and other prominent folk. He also married and had two sons but never tells of his wife and very little of his sons. His mother eventually came to the U.S. as well. This book interested me much and I am lucky to have found it.. Wikipedia has article on him. He died in 2013. ( )
  Schmerguls | Jan 21, 2020 |
Interessant ist die Biografie von Hans Jürgen Massaquoi zweifellos. 1926 als Sohn einer weißen Mutter und eines schwarzen Vaters in Hamburg geboren wuchs der Junge als nicht-arisches Kind im dritten Reich auf. Seine komplizierte Herkunft ermöglichte es ihm aber, nach dem Krieg zuerst nach Liberia und dann nach USA zu gehen, wo er sich schließlich niederließ. Das Buch ist auch ein Beispiel von Resilienz, Chuzpe und Lebenswillen, vor allem aber auch von Mutter- und Sohnesliebe.
Dennoch kann ich es nicht uneingeschränkt loben, weil der episodische, aneinandergereihte Erzählfluss kein echte Spannung aufkommen ließ. Vor allem gegen Ende habe ich größtenteils quergelesen. ( )
  Wassilissa | Jun 9, 2018 |
One of the most impressive autobiographies I ever read. A gripping, honest account of the years leading up to World War II and surviving them in Hamburg, Germany. ( )
  elwetritsche | Mar 28, 2014 |
The fates seemed to be against Hans Massaquoi from the beginning, as he entered the world to an unwed, white, German mother and black Liberian father nearing the dawn of Nazi Germany. Despite the many trials, tribulations and emotions Massaquoi experienced, he survived. While the majority of the book is based in Nazi Germany, this recollection also follows Massaquoi to Liberia in search of life with his father and the United States in search of education and freedom. Escape from racism may be an impossible task. ( )
  Sovranty | Apr 8, 2013 |
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Massaquoi, Hans J.Auteurprimaire auteuralle editiesbevestigd
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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.

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