Herbert Jacob (b. Germany, 1925), blinded during the Second World War (WWII). "The arms of the violin player had been amputated. He couldn't play any more, so he committed suicide. This was rumoured in the hospital and was what propelled me to jump. I was already standing on the balcony, with no eyes and no hands. I had lost them during an explosion in the Kriegsmarinehaven in Marseille. Somewhere in the hospital, a door slammed and I came to my senses. Since that moment, I've only focused on the future. Many blind people like myself let themselves be pampered by their mother or sisters. My aim was to be independent. I became a member of the Association of Blind Persons Without Hands. We shared practical tips with each other. One of the questions was for example: how to put toothpaste on the toothbrush? You squeeze the toothpaste directly from the tube into your mouth and then you brush. I've had a special spoon made that I can use with my stump. I don't want to be helped on the toilet. I've found a solution for this too. What I do, I do well, with some help here and there but as little as possible. I also want to be a husband that supports his own family. For me, this has come true, for most others it hasn't."