Destined to Witness: Growing Up Black in Nazi Germany
Author: Hans J. Massaquoi
The son of a prominent African and a German nurse, Hans remained behind with his mother, due to concerns about his fragile health, when Hitler came to power, 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 also 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.