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Destined to witness : growing up black in Nazi Germany/ Hans J. Massaquoi.

Massaquoi, Hans J. (Author).

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  • 4 of 4 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Starke Co PL - Schricker Main Library (Knox) 921 MAS (Text) 30032010189477 ADULT NON-FICTION Available -
Westfield Washington PL - Westfield 943.00496 Massaquoi (Text) 78292000149087 Adult Non-Fiction Book Collection Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 0688171559 :
  • Physical Description: xvi, 443 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: New York : W. Morrow, [1999]

Content descriptions

Citation/References Note: Bklst 10/01/1999
LJ 10/01/1999
PW 10/18/1999
Kirkus 09/15/1999
NYT Bk 02/20/2000
Subject: Massaquoi, Hans J.
Blacks > Germany > Biography.
Racism > Germany.
National socialism.
Germany > Social conditions > 1933-1945.
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  • Baker & Taylor
    A journalist and veteran of the Civil Rights Movement offers a chronicle of his experiences in the Holocaust, describing his survival as a Black youth in Nazi Germany in the midst of racial hatred and daily danger
  • Baker & Taylor
    A respected journalist and veteran of the Civil Rights Movement offers a telling chronicle of his fascinating experiences in the Holocaust, describing his survival as a black youth in Nazi Germany in the midst of racial hatred and daily danger. 15,000 first printing.
  • Blackwell North Amer
    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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