3 May 1933
Peter Jacob on his first day of school
But what did school hold in store for the inquisitive boy? Did it offer him tolerant teachers and individual support? Or, at the very least, friendly classmates? Nothing is known about Peter's experiences during those first years at school. He soon switched to the Waldschule Kaliski, a private Jewish reform school that from 1934 on was only allowed to admit Jewish children. In 1933, Jewish doctrine and history were added to the school’s curriculum as a way of strengthening the Jewish identity of children often unsettled by what was happening around them. In the following years, this “haven of security,” as former students described the school years later, intensively prepared its young charges for emigration, which now seemed inevitable. Foreign languages, manual and domestic skills, diplomas that were recognized internationally—all these things were offered to ensure the students would be able to lead independent lives abroad.