Gerhard Wolf (b. 1928 in Germany) was blinded during the Second World War (WWII). 'I didn't want to go into the army. My brother had been killed, my father had gone missing and my other brother was at the front. In January 1945, I was called up for the Reich Labour Service (Reichsarbeitsdienst). We were only given military training because the front was moving steadily closer. Then, we were sent to the Western Front. In the distance, we could hear the English guns near the Elbe. We were hoping for a miracle and that we would still win the war. I was sixteen and was leading other boys my age. We had been ordered to attack tanks. As an exercise, we were throwing anti-tank grenades at trees. One of them didn't go off. Our commander wanted to teach us more about grenades and told us to go and sit next to it. We did that and it exploded. My eyes, my hands and my legs were injured. The light in my eyes went out immediately. Later I heard that six other boys had been killed.'