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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Hans Jurgan Massaquoi  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: Hamburg, Germany

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Biographical and Professional Information

Massaquoi emigrated to the United States from Germany where he served two years in the army as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. With his GI bill he studied journalism at the University of Illinois followed by a career at Jet magazine and then Ebony magazine, where he became managing editor.

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Titles At Your Library

Destined to Witness: Growing Up Black in Nazi Germany
ISBN: 0060959614

William Morrow Paperbacks. 2001

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.

Neger, Neger, Schornsteinfeger!
ISBN: 3502194556

Scherz Verlag GmbH. 2004



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