In 1942 I was not allowed to go to school any more. As was the case with many children, I could not continue my studies in higher education as the number of slots made available to Jews was quite small. Instead of school I went to work at a furniture factory, run by a friend of my father. I was fifteen years old when I began learning the trade of a cabinetmaker. The Nazis came in the spring of 1944 and then suddenly, within a few days, everything was changed.