As the son of a wealthy African father and a German mother, Hans Massaquoi lived a privileged life. When his father returned home to Liberia, Hans's mother, concerned about her son's health, stayed behind in Germany. But before the family could reunite, the Nazi Party came to power, and Hans was trapped in a country where the color of his skin made him a constant target of hostility and abuse.
Living in constant fear for his safety, Hans's existence became increasingly precarious until the end of World War II in 1945. This beautifully written, inspiring memoir chronicles the terrifying ordeals and remarkable survival of a black youth growing up in Nazi Germany.
Hans Massaquoi emigrated to the United States in the early 1950s. He served in the U.S. Army and then became a journalist for Johnson Publishing, where he was managing editor of Ebony Magazine. He was an active participant in the civil rights movement. The father of two sons, Hans lives with his wife, Katherine, in New Orleans, Louisiana.
"An incredible tale ... Exceptional ... It is reviving and heartening to learn of this intrepid black child and young man who through a combination of guts, smarts, and a really good mother, manages to waltz through the darkest abyss of the 20th century and come out whistling." -- Chicago Sun TimesBinding Type:
William Morrow & CompanyPublished:
8.04h x 5.36w x 1.13d