We use cookies to provide essential features and services. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies .

×

COVID-19 Response at Fishpond

Read what we're doing...

Destined to Witness
By

Rating

Product Description
Product Details

About the Author

Hans J. 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.

Reviews

"A cry against racism, a survivor's tale, a wartime adventure, a coming of age story, and a powerful tribute to a mother's love."-- "New Orleans Times-Picayune"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 Times""His story is truly a fascinating one, and in this absorbing memoir, he tells it with vividness and considerable verve. Written with clarity, directiveness, and sharply evocative detail, Mr. Massaquoi's book offers a unique perspective on a period of organized madness, destruction, turmoil that continues to demand our attention and evade our comprehension." --"Washington Times" (D.C.)"Destined to Witness examines a roller coaster of racism from different cultures and continents. Massaquoi concludes that "true human decency is...simply a matter of the human heart." --"The New York Times Book Review""To say that Hans Massaquoi had it all, is not to say only that he had Black skin, in Germany, where and when White skin and Aryan blood were revered nor to suggest that he lived without money when only money could have saved him and his mother from the degradation of racial hate and deprivation. Massaquoi, indeed, did have it all, keen observation, an important intelligence and a remarkable memory. Here is a story rarely lived and even more rarely told. We need this book for a balanced picture of the Holocaust, which was not only a 'Jewish thing'. Hate is hate, it knows no color, and knows all colors all too well." "To say that Hans Massaquoi hadit all, is not to say only that he had Black skin, in Germany, where and when White skin and Aryan blood were revered nor to suggest that he lived without money when only money could have saved him and his mother from the degradation of racial hate and deprivation. Massaquoi, indeed, did have it all, keen observation, an important intelligence and a remarkable memory. Here is a story rarely lived and even more rarely told. We need this book for a balanced picture of the Holocaust, which was not only a 'Jewish thing'. Hate is hate, it knows no color, and knows all colors all too well." --Maya Angelou"Massaquoi's background and experiences provide incredible context to this personal story of overcoming racism." ?"Booklist""A nuanced, startling memoir... Massaquoi's unique, pathos-filled childhood in extremis is rendered superlatively, as is his portrait of a prewar Germany giddily embarked on its own destruction; he keenly perceives both the nefarious ambiguity and the human tragedy inherent in this civic embrace of evil...Substantiative and memorable." --"Kirkus Reviews" "Filled with courage, feeling, and intelligence...intriguing." --Jet"A unique addition to life under the Third Reich...thoughtful and well written." "Publishers Weekly"?Harrowing.? '"The Miami Herald"?Extraordinary...an entirely engaging story of accomplishment despite adversity.? '"Washington Post Book World"?Riveting and unique...An indispensable addition to writing on the Holocaust era.? '"Emerge"?Moving...an engaging story of a young man's journey through hate, self-enlightenment, intrigue and romance.? '"Ebony"

Ask a Question About this Product More...
Write your question below:
Look for similar items by category
Home » Books » History » Europe » Germany
Home » Books » Biography » General
Item ships from and is sold by Fishpond.com, Inc.
Back to top