Heinrich Handschin, personal growth
I was born on July 1, 1925, in Zeglingen; my father was a small farmer and quarry worker. At the end of Bezirksschule[ corresponds to junior high school with a more demanding curriculum than 5th to 8th grade, at that time it was only found in larger towns] I did not see any possibilities for learning a profession. My teacher decided to send me to teachers' college [Lehrerseminar]. This meant great financial burdens and I needed four different scholarships. The result: I learned for money, not for life. Each trimester I had to appear at the Education Department to show my grades, just as you go and show your clean hands. This humiliation followed me for my entire life. After having passed the state boards I was not able to repay the scholarships from the Handschin Foundation "on a voluntary basis" because I also had other financial obligations.
"Heinrich Handschin: Heinrich Wiesner,"
Swiss American Historical Society Review: Vol. 45
, Article 13.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/sahs_review/vol45/iss2/13