The black boy who grew up in NS Germany

The black boy who grew up in Nazi Germany

On the 19 January 1926 the little Hans-Jürgen Massaquoi was born in Hamburg. Since the father was absent [imagine my shock, lol], it was Grandfather Momolu who invited Bertha and the baby to live in his mansion (Liberia’s general Consul in Hamburg).

Hans-Jürgen Massaquoi tried to join the Jungvolk, the children’s branch of the Hitler Youth movement, but was not accepted.

Two years later, his dreams of becoming an engineer were cut short when the school director falsified his student report, which was originally fairly good [?], so that he could not enter the Gymnasium, the secondary school which back then was the only path to university. All Hans-Jürgen could find was an apprenticeship in the metal shop of a neighbor, where he would remain for several years.

Ironically, being Mischling, of mixed race, was a blessing for Hans-Jürgen Massaquoi, for the army not only did not recruit him, but even rejected him when the young man tried to join the fight and die for his country.

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