High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! After passing his Abitur in 1932 at Johanneum zu Lubeck, he became an apprentice at the shipbroker and ship's agent F.H. BErtling. HE joined the "Socialist Youth" in 1929 and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) in 1930. HE left the SPD to join the more left wing Socialist Workers Party (SAP), which was allied to the POUM in Spain and the Independent Labour Party in Britain. IN 1933, using his connections with the port and its ships, he left Germany for Norway to escape Nazi persecution. IT was at this time that he adopted the pseudonym Willy Brandt to avoid detection by Nazi agents. IN 1934, he took part in the founding of the International Bureau of Revolutionary Youth Organizations, and was elected to its Secretariat.