The Black Boy Who Survived The Nazi Germany

The black boy who survived the Nazi Germany


"MOM, I not am Arian?" asked Hans eight years his mother Berta after that in school they banned play with other children.


[color = darkblue]Hans Massaquoi with nazi insignia[color]

Hans Jürgen Massaquoi was born on January 19, 1926 in Hamburg, son of a German mother and Liberian father. He was six years old when Hitler came to power.The father of Hans was the son of the Consul of Liberia in Germany. His mother, Bertha, was a German nurse from lower middle class. The rich son of the African diplomat liking of the young and beautiful woman to see her at a party, and this relationship was born the little Hans. His father never bothered by him or not paid much attention, that at that time was just a college student in Dublin. Rather its refined grandfather, the first African diplomat in Europe, hosted it in his house in Hamburg African cousins and uncles. The Patriarch boasted of having a German grandson who spoke the local language to perfection. "I was associated with superior black skin, because our servants were white"


[color = darkblue]Paternal grandfather when I was Momulu IV King of the vai, a Liberian ethnic group[color]

Their destiny drastically changed when the Führer came to power and expelled the African diplomats of Germany. The entire clan Massaquoi returned to his country, Liberia, but Berta, the mother of Hans decided to stay in their homeland, because the boy was sickly and feared that traveling to Africa could die at that time-so far - it was a continent ravaged by malaria. Almost alone, he resumed his work of nurse and moved with her son to a working area of Hamburg. "I, who had learned to see advantages in my racial traits, suddenly I was obliged to consider them a disadvantage". In its early years, neither he nor his mother felt as a threat the rise of Nazism. It was something that them not concerned, however, they were Germans. "Like all children, I was fascinated by the nazi paraphernalia." Uniforms, flags and parades I loved. "For me, for my colleagues, Hitler was involved in this divine aura which protected him from any criticism.



Things were changing slowly. First they were signs on the swings that prevented no-arios children to play. Later, the mysterious and continuous disappearance of their teachers who were Jews. After his mother was fired from her job "for having conceived the son of an African" (although it never confessed it). "Once the absurd racial laws came into force, it became obvious that my life would become more difficult." "But the love and the protection of my mother I have argued" in his autobiographical book, Hans tells in detail the attempts made by being considered one German. Every time that was rejected he reacted by denying the obvious, and this situation would lead to the absurdity of wanting to be part of the Hitlerjugend, Hitler Youth, a mixture of boy scouts and paramilitary organization.


[color = darkblue]Hans Massaquoi next to his mother[color]

Following that denied entry solely because of their colour of skin, Hans opens his eyes and begins just to understand what it is Nazism. From that moment it dismissed the need to be accepted by the nazis and was freed from dependence to Hitler as the all-powerful father figure of the young people. At the beginning of the war, despite being "unworthy of wearing German uniform", it was about to be drafted into the army. It was saved from going at the forefront of battle just by its lack of weight, which increased emotional problems, as being a young and healthy man was embarrassed over being not fighting to their race. While working in a munitions factory, Hans noted how the German war machine came down. In 1943, the allies launched Operation Gomorrah and intensely bombed Hamburg for ten days, to leave the city in rubble, where more than 40,000 people were killed


[color = darkblue]Hamburg destroyed after the operation Gomorrah in July 1943[color].

Hans was so depressed that he had given equal to die at the hands of the Gestapo than in a bombing raid. Anyway, the Gestapo presence it was around longer and had to live under the constant threat of their presence, for interrogation, feeling shunned by all, second-class citizen, to the extent that one day wanted a mob to lynch him believing it to be an Allied pilot. The end of the war with the capture of Hamburg by the British also meant a new life for Hans. For the first time in his life he did not feel fear. This fear of being humiliated, ridiculed, demoted to be stripped of their dignity.


[color = darkblue]Hans serving em Korea Guerra for us.[color]

After the second world war he survived as a jazz saxophonist, then emigrated to Liberia, the country of his father, and finally made landfall in the United States country that welcomed him as a citizen, with the same rights as any and where he was reclutadocomo paratrooper and sent to the Korea Guerra for two years. Thanks to the benefits of Veterans of war he entered the University of Illinois, where he studied journalism, race to which he has devoted more than four decades. Anyway I think that the conditions of life and fate were quite benevolent with Hans Massaquoi. Looking back and remembering the horror that had to suffer other ethnicities also innocent, can well say that "he lived to tell".



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