The African kid in Nazi Germany

Hans Massaquoi (1926-2013) was the son of a Liberian diplomat and a German nurse. He grew up with his German mother and in 1933, when Hans was 7, the extremely racist Nazi party assumed power.

Due to his dark skin color his childhood was extremely rough. Yet, through luck and with the help of friends, he somehow managed to survive Nazi Germany during World War 2. His Afro-German ethnicity was so rare, that the Nazis had no laws to persecute him and he was never sent to any concentration camps. After the war, Massaquoi went to the US, served in the Korean War and became managing editor of Ebony (one of the most popular African-American magazines). He died on his 87th birthday.

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