»Neger, Neger, Schornsteinfeger!« : Meine Kindheit in Deutschland

»Neger, Neger, Schornsteinfeger!« : Meine Kindheit in Deutschland

Hans J. Massaquoi Ulrike Wasel Klaus Timmermann / Oct 25, 2020

Neger Neger Schornsteinfeger Meine Kindheit in Deutschland in Hamburg Als Sohn einer wei en Mutter und eines schwarzen Vaters w chst Hans J rgen Massaquoi zun chst in gro b rgerlichen Verh ltnissen auf Der Gro vater ehemaliger K nig der Vais ist liberi

  • Title: »Neger, Neger, Schornsteinfeger!« : Meine Kindheit in Deutschland
  • Author: Hans J. Massaquoi Ulrike Wasel Klaus Timmermann
  • ISBN: 9783426618547
  • Page: 224
  • Format: Taschenbuch
  • 1926 in Hamburg Als Sohn einer wei en Mutter und eines schwarzen Vaters w chst Hans J rgen Massaquoi zun chst in gro b rgerlichen Verh ltnissen auf Der Gro vater, ehemaliger K nig der Vais, ist liberianischer Generalkonsul in Hamburg Die Dienstboten sind Wei e Doch dann verl t die liberianische Familie das Land Massaquoi und seine Mutter bleiben zur ck und ziehen in1926 in Hamburg Als Sohn einer wei en Mutter und eines schwarzen Vaters w chst Hans J rgen Massaquoi zun chst in gro b rgerlichen Verh ltnissen auf Der Gro vater, ehemaliger K nig der Vais, ist liberianischer Generalkonsul in Hamburg Die Dienstboten sind Wei e Doch dann verl t die liberianische Familie das Land Massaquoi und seine Mutter bleiben zur ck und ziehen in ein Arbeiterviertel Aber bald darauf bernehmen die Nazis die Macht, und das Leben ver ndert sich grundlegend.

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      • Hans J. Massaquoi Ulrike Wasel Klaus Timmermann

        Hans J rgen Massaquoi was a German American journalist and author, the son of a German mother and Liberian Vai father His paternal grandfather was Momulu Massaquoi, the consul general of Liberia in Germany at the time and the first African diplomat to represent his country in Germany.Growing up in Hamburg, Massaquoi suffered severe discrimination during the Nazi dictatorship, an experience he later wrote about in his memoir, Destined to Witness After spending time with his paternal family in Liberia, he eventually emigrated to the United States, where he took up employment with and, over time, became editor in chief of Ebony magazine In the course of his career as a journalist, he met and interviewed numerous celebrities, among them Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Jesse Jackson, Muhammad Ali who also became a close friend , Diana Ross, Jimmy Carter, and former German foreign minister Walter Scheel.


    1. I was expecting this to be a depressing accounts of wartime racism. I was wrong. "Destined to Witness" is a lively and frequently hilarious autobiography of a dual heritage German boy. As the son of a Liberian father and a German mother, Hans-Jürgen Massaquoi not only survives, but thrives in Nazi era Germany. Through their wits, humour, and bravery, Hans-Jürgen and his beloved Mutti dance along the precipice of World War II Germany and live to tell a remarkable tale. The story moves quickly f [...]

    2. I admit I have never thought of this scenario-growing up as mixed race in Nazi Germany. Hans' father was the son of the Liberian ambassador and his mother was a naive white German girl. Because of Hans' health issues as a toddler she refused to leave Germany with her lover. So Hans grew up called a nonhuman and the N word, a word I had no idea was used in other languages. He was discriminated against at the park, in school, on the street. He did find role models on Jesse Owens and Joe Lewis, who [...]

    3. Hans-Jürgen Massaquoi was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1926. He was the illegitimate son of a white German mother and Liberian father, who was himself the son of the consul general of Liberia in Germany at the time. Brought up by his mother in Hamburg, this book gives a unique perspective of what it was like for a mixed-race child with African blood to experience the rise and establishment of the Nazi party in post war Germany, as well as surviving not only the Nazi’s brutal racial policies bu [...]

    4. This is extremely readable and my interest was never in danger of waning throughout. It is Hans Juergen's (H.J) life adventure, growing up in Hamburg, the son of a white German mother and Black Liberian (absentee) father. Born in 1926, he was 7 when Hitler came to power and we follow how his daily world changed as Nazi ideology took hold, not least in the schoolroom. Fortunately for him he was pretty street wise (he sure needed to be) and physically tough. H.J. is also extremely likeable and tha [...]

    5. I picked up this book because I was curious to the experiences of a black boy growing up in Nazi Germany were like. It's very unique. I didn't know what to expect, but I really liked the book.Massaquoi has had an incredibly moving and interesting life, and tells it all so well. His experiences range over 3 continents, and he has been through both the best and the worst. From his perspective he explains everything in a very modest and unbiased way.I was most amazed/surprised by his experience thr [...]

    6. This is a gem and I cannot say why I read it except that I have read as much as I can about the Nazi era in an attempt to understand it. I have read about medical doctors in that time in Germany, the death hospitals in beautiful rural communities where the smoke from the chimneys had to be ignored by the populace, books by the children of the Nazi Leaders, a book by a young woman who was in the book business in a rural town, Sophie's Choice, Schindler's List, Eyewitness to history, some of Ayn R [...]

    7. One thing I thought I would never hear being said about this book actually happened: A coworker of mine actually said this story should not be told, because it, somehow in her mind, made the Holocaust less bad. Only knowing that the author had a Liberian father and managed to survive in Nazi Germany, never see a concentration camp from the inside, via a lot of luck and help from friends, made her say this story is not a story that should be told. In my mind it would shed more light on the time, [...]

    8. Amazing is the word for this book as it was an amazing miracle that Mr. Massaquoi survived the Nazis and the bombing during the war. Really that he did survive is nothing short of a miracle. To be Jewish, homosexual, Communist or anyone that spoke against the Nazis was to announce your own death. How this apparent lone African-German live through it all is mind blowing. But while he survived it was not all good fortune through out. Many times he brushed with death, himself or his mother and yet [...]

    9. I read this book just as it came out, and I never forgot it. You have this young man born in Germany to a German mother and a African diplomat(Liberian). To me, he was treated with indifference and some hatred as a child,sadly, he even wanted to be a Hitler Youth, but he wasn't allowed to join, and even though he was one of the smartest kids in his class, due to Aryan dictates, he was not allowed to attend college or even join the military. He was able to take up a trade as a machinist and AFTER [...]

    10. I wanted to love this book because I found the subject fascinating BUT the author did his own story a disservice by the way that he dragged the minutiae of his life on and on and and on (IMO) and didn't delve deep enough into his life as a black child in Nazi Germany. Despite it's length, the book left me wanting more.

    11. Very interesting. I scary thing is that I can relate so much to some chapters, while obviously in others it is just too extreme and amazing. It is a unique history in many aspects but the fantastic thing about the main character is that he finds his way to black identity where many others suffering what he has suffered most likely would start to doubt themselves to eventually give up pride for self hatred, out of survival instinct. Instead he joins the civil rights' movement, goes on to serve it [...]

    12. The premise has promise, and indeed, Massaquoi is witness to momentous history. He is only, however, a witness. He seems to think that the accident of his identity endows him with some some great and original truth; it doesn't. 440 pages of brow-beating self-sympathizing culminate in a generic and unoriginal call against prejudice - a noble resolution, to be sure, but hardly worth the gratingly slow and painfully overwrought prose preceding, which seems mainly designed to show how clever the wri [...]

    13. I read this years ago and all I can say is it is an amazing story! Who even knew that the disgusting arm of Nazi-ism and tragedy extended to blacks in Germany. When you think of that time period, you don’t even think blacks into the equation but I guess one should. Everyone of any minority was effected by the nature of the situation. This book gives a completely different point of view and experience. It is also a story of overcoming the odds while being the odd one in the midst of it all. I r [...]

    14. WWII literature is something that I think most Western civilizations have pounded into them from adolescence and beyond: and for good reason. The inhumane horrors of World War II are some of the most vividly clear that we have in our history and while there are still elements of the War that are ignored or buried (Rape of Nanking being one of them), the Holocaust is meant to serve as a reminder of hatred, with a concentration on the Anti-semitism that has been rampant in our society for centurie [...]

    15. What to say about this book It tells a non-story. There was no climax, no major defining events. I'm not discrediting anything that Hans went through in Nazi Germany. He grew up in a very tenuous time and had to overcome much discrimination as the only African male in his fair skinned, blond haired, blue eyed community. He just doesn't know how to tell it. The book reads as a much too long, emotionless series of diary entries Today I woke up and this happened. Then I went here and did this Th [...]

    16. I was fascinated by Hans Massaquoi's story because of my interest in the Nazi era, and also because it was from a unique perspective. The young Hans is born illegitimally, in Hamburg, Germany, to a white, German nurse and an African student whose father serves as a diplomat to Germany from Liberia. Born in 1926, the author is a young school aged boy when Nazism becomes a part of every day experiences of innocent German children. A mixed-race child, he is subjected to relatively mild distain, exc [...]

    17. Hans is the son of a German mother and a Liberian father, who survives the war relatively unscathed by the pervading political spirit of discrimination and persecution of "the other", largely thanks to the willingness of his own community to downplay his differences. Having avoided the fate of many other black Germans, particularly in the Rhineland, Hans finds himself caught up in the firebombing of Hamburg towards the end of the war.[return][return]Relatively speaking, there aren't many books a [...]

    18. This is an amazing man with an amazing story. I recently read his Obituary in the local paper and I was intrigued by his story. I have read quite a lot about Nazi Germany, Hitler and the Concentration Camps. It never, ever occurred to me that there was even a Black person living in Germany at that time - especially one with a white, German Mother. I was fascinated by Massaquoi's exploits as he tried to survive during the War. I truly admire his pluck and perseverance. And he wrote his book in a [...]

    19. I am a WWII, Hitler & Germany buff. I don't know what my fascination is with it. So when I came across this book on the National Holocaust Museum's website I thought it was a must read since I'm an African American.The book was a striaght narrative. And maybe I expected so much more to happen to Hans but in reality I'm glad he wasn't tortured as he could've been. His early years were probably way more interesting than the later years. It was interesting to see him go from being accepted to t [...]

    20. This is a unique perspective on life in Nazi Germany that will interest those who are interested in WWII, Nazi activities and what was happening with "regular" people behind the Nazi curtain of propaganda. For black Americans I believe it will touch some familiar chords and also make one step back and realize that even worse than being oppressed due to one's race is having that experience without the support system of family, friends or community who can understand the experience.

    21. What an interesting book - a biography. Hans Massaquoi is the son of a German woman and a Liberian man - growing up black in Hitler's Germany. Lots of details about living in Germany during WWII and later in Liberia and then the U.S. A very different perspective on life in WWII and postwar Germany.

    22. Interesting, but he isn't exactly humble about things. Understandably, I suppose, but it does slow down the pace to read things such as the hot 30 something woman sought him out when he was 15.

    23. This is a deeply moving memoir and shows time and again that "the Nazis" and "the Germans" are two very distinct things. In Hans' immediate environment he certainly did find friends, protection and some sense of normality. It shows German life before and during the tyranny and the immediate post war years from a truly unique perspective. Also as a person born and grown up in Germany you can learn a lot about every day life in Germany during this period. It's also interesting because of the fact [...]

    24. What a LifeThis is a real life saga of a black man growing up in prewar and post war (WWII) Germany. Massaquoi was born of a German mother and a Liberian father. Massaquoi's grandfather came to Germany after World War I as a diplomat. In this memoir, Massaquoi details his life lived on three continents. Life as a nonAyran in Nazi Germany was uncertain and harrowing. His life in Africa, was interesting and allowed him to reconnect with his father and his African relatives. Africa brought him clos [...]

    25. It took me a while to read, but I appreciated his first hand account. The book at some points dragged a bit, but to consider everything he faced and lived through made it worth completing. I'm glad his dream of coming to America eventually came to pass. To go from living almost destitute to writing for one of the greatest African American magazines is definitely illustrating the American dream.

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