Germany: Wunderlich case goes to Grand Chamber


Hitler's home ed law is to be scrutinised by the Grand Chamber of the ECtHR after an earlier ruling that a German police raid with battering ram to remove the Wunderlich children was 'proportionate'.


Battering ram used under nation's 'policy' 'violates the rights of parents'

“The first ruling of the European Court of Human Rights ignores the fact that Germany’s policy on homeschooling violates the rights of parents to educate their children and direct their upbringing. It is alarming to see that this was not recognized by the most influential human rights court in Europe. The ruling is a step in the wrong direction and should concern anyone who cares about freedom,” said Paul Coleman, executive director of ADF International.

“The previous ruling was very disheartening for our family and the many families affected by this in Germany. After years of legal struggles, it was extremely frustrating for us and our children. It is upsetting that the European Court of Human Rights did not recognize the injustices we suffered at the hands of the German authorities. We are hopeful that the Grand Chamber will see the ways we tried, for many years, to engage with the authorities, and the completely disproportionate action they ultimately took,” said Dirk Wunderlich.
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Article also refers to the ban by Hitler with some chilling quotes.

It was a combination of court and social work action against the Wunderlichs in Germany that had authorized police to use force against the family, who were in violation of a law first imposed in Germany under the Hitler regime.

The nation since then has signed a number of international human rights agreements explicitly protecting the rights of parents to direct the education of their children.

Hitler denounced homeschooling, insisting the government has a claim on the minds of children.

“The youth of today is ever the people of tomorrow,” he said. “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.”