Black Germans During the Holocaust Essay

1160 Words Aug 20th, 2013 5 Pages
The Challenges of Being a Black German during the Holocaust

Between 1933 and 1945 Hitler and his minions tortured non-Aryans because they were considered of lesser value to his regime. History books are filled with horrific tales of mistreatment of human beings he considered inferior: Jews, those who were disabled, gay or lesbians. However, most people are unaware that there was a small population of Germans of African descent who were also victims. According to The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum website, “The fate of black people…in Nazi Germany and in German-occupied territories ranged from isolation to persecution, sterilization, medical experimentation, incarceration, brutality, and murder”. Because of the small number of
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Since black and mixed race individuals were considered inferior, as were their family members, opportunities to contribute to the culture in a positive way were few. Black German citizens were denied privileges on a regular basis during this time period. Finding a job was nearly impossible and if they did find one, keeping it was even more unlikely. Erika Ngambi described her experience stating:
In looking for a training position… I heard at every turn: ‘What, you want to work for us? “We only hire ‘Aryans’.”…Finally, I found a job that I really liked, in a Danzig art shop. However, after four weeks I had to leave, because business associates had threatened my boss that they would stop doing business with him if he kept me on. He was very stratified with me, and he was really sorry. The explanation for her job loss was because she was a “mulatto”. White German parents also suffered discrimination as well. In Destined to Witness, Hans J. Massaquoi described an incident where his mother lost her job at a hospital, “It wasn’t until many years later Mutti told me the real reason for her dismissal—the fact that she conceived a child by and African—and some of the details of the ordeal she suffered while fighting to keep her job”. This was a