Germany: Children Seized in Shocking Raid


Hitler's law is still being enforced relentlessly against home educating families.

Germany: Children Seized in Shocking Raid

The only legal grounds for removal were the family’s continuation of homeschooling their children. The papers contain no other allegations of abuse or neglect. Moreover, Germany has not even alleged educational neglect for failing to provide an adequate education. The law ignores the educational progress of the child; attendance—and not learning—is the object of the German law.
Home educators are being urged to contact the German authorities to register their disgust at the abuse of these children and shameful treatment of the family. Contact details in the HSLDA article.
How utterly revolting. But odd really, because apparently Germany is regarded as one of the better European countries for civil liberties these days.

This bit sends shivers down the spine:

. . . the judge also authorized the use of force “against the children” if necessary, reasoning that such force might be required because the children had “adopted the parents’ opinions”
The whole thing just reinforces the need to limit the power of the secretariat because, if you grant them too much power, they will eventually abuse it.

I think these children need our prayers.
There is a lot of coverage of this but this quote leaps out:

In 1937, Hitler said: “The youth of today is ever the people of tomorrow. For this reason we have set before ourselves the task of inoculating our youth with the spirit of this community of the people at a very early age, at an age when human beings are still unperverted and therefore unspoiled. This Reich stands, and it is building itself up for the future, upon its youth. And this new Reich will give its youth to no one, but will itself take youth and give to youth its own education and its own upbringing.”
Ouch. That's uncomfortably close to Every Child Matters / GIRFEC.

Perhaps Germany should think about this:

“In a totalitarian society, uniformity and conformity are valued. Hence the totalitarian state tries to separate the child from her family and mould her to its own design. Families in all their subversive variety are the breeding ground of diversity and individuality. In a free and democratic society we value diversity and individuality. Hence the family is given special protection in all the modern human rights instruments including the European Convention on Human Rights (art 8), the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (art 23) and throughout the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. As Justice McReynolds famously said in Pierce v Society of Sisters 268 US 510 (1925), at 535, "The child is not the mere creature of the State".”
German Officials Return Homeschooled Children to Dirk Wunderlich Family on Condition of School Attendance

Dirk and Petra Wunderlich's children were returned to them after a court hearing today, three weeks to the day after their four children were seized during a police raid. The Wunderlich children were returned after the parents promised they would send their children back to a state school.

"It's a small victory, but it's still a victory," said Home School Legal Defense Association Chairman Michael Farris. "When the parents told the authorities that they would send their kids back to school during the raid, they were told it was too late. What we've seen today is a reversal in the German courts caused by the mounting international pressure from human rights advocates. This is a promising start to what will hopefully be a reversal on Germany's stance on homeschooling altogether."

"The German government loves compromises as long as they ultimately get their way.

. . . they're fine that the Wunderlich family gets their children back as long as they attend a state school. The attitude of 'Our way or else...' is still very much alive in a supposedly tolerant society."
And what about the damage caused to the children by being brutally snatched from their parents???