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Posted in Homeschool, Social Issues and Politics, tagged children, Family, freedom, Germany, government, Homeschool, human rights, injustice, parent rights, parents on August 13, 2008 | Leave a Comment »
Since J.C. Thibodaux wrote his article on Nazi Germany Alive and Kicking Kidnapping, we’ve come across even more information on the actions of the German state against homeschoolers.
A few cases of German injustice:
Melissa Busekros, a 15 year old (at the time) was seized by the state, SWAT style, diagnosed with “school phobia” because she was homeschooled and was subsequently placed in a mental hospital. In her mental diagnosis, the state also frowned on her obedience to her father and love for her family. A full version of the story can be viewed at Christian World News and World Net Daily; Christian World News has also published an exclusive interview with Melissa.
The Gorbers who had 6 of their children taken away in January and just recently regained the custody of their youngest child who is 3, for the crime of homeschooling. Though their children underwent psychiatric examination and all came out normal, the state refuses to return them, even with the father’s assurances to the court that he will enroll them in public school. HSLDA has published an article detailing this story.
The German state has declared homeschooling equivalent to child abuse and is trying Bert and Kathrin Brause with this crime for homeschooling their children. They face 2 years of prison time and the loss of their 8 children. Read this story at CBN News.
Klaus and Kathrin Landahl and their 5 children have fled the country, just barely escaping. When the mayor of their German town found out about them deregistrering their German citizenship so that they could leave that country and move to a country in which their homeschooling would be tolerated, he filed a lawsuit to take their custody of their children away. They have relocated to England. You can read about their story from CBN News and from LifeSiteNews.com.
Tilman, Dagmar Neubronner, and their children were informed by their lawyer that no further legal action could be taken and said “only jail and loss of custody are left”. Like the Landahls and many others, this family was also forced to flee Germany. Their story was also published by LifeSiteNews.com.
Interestingly enough, Germany also does not want non-Germans, such as missionaries homeschooling, denying the visas of missionaries like Clint and Susan Robinson. Germany also encourages its diplomats to use their state curriculum to homeschool their children. Thornton said, “Their officials are actually encouraged to home school and not put their children into American schools and into foreign schools.” (Taken from CBN News’ article Germany Declares War on Home-Schoolers.
Germany’s anti-Christian education:
CBN News also chronicled the kind of education public school students can expect in Germany:
“A Questionable Education
A lot of American Christians would have good reason not to want their kids subjected to German state schools. The sex education curriculum is often pornographic, even for young ages, and the occult is often celebrated.
Missionary Robinson told CBN News, ‘I know of schools right in our area where it’s not just mixed swimming but mixed showering after the swim class is over and mixed locker rooms and then they leave and go to the next class.’
German home-schooler Heiko Krautter told us he would be sinning to put his children in a state school.
He said, ‘These things in the school, the official state school, they destroy the children. And we teach the children in the things of God. And the people in the official school teach the children in other things, against God.’
Krautter fled Germany after this interview and took his family to Norway.
Thornton believes Germany’s war on home-schooling is just a part of Europe’s war against Christianity.
‘This is a battle to eradicate spiritual life from every person in Europe, to eradicate spirituality and Christianity from the culture,’ he said.
And the unfortunate victims in this battle are the families who believe educating their children is their God-given right.”
A copy of the German law
For those interested in reading the German law against homeschool families for themselves, Educating Germany has posted a copy of it in both German and in English on their site. Educating Germany is a website that is devoted to the plight of homeschool families in Germany; they have also published an address that readers can send welcome home gifts and encouragement to David Gorber:
Life Site News has given contact information in this article to those interested in letting their voice be heard.
To contact the German embassies in Canada and the United States.
1 Waverley Street
Ottawa, ON, K2P 0T8
Tel.: 613-232-1101 Fax: 613-594-9330
In the US:
4645 Reservoir Road NW
Washington, DC, 20007-1998
The embassy can be e-mailed from its website: http://www.globescope.biz/germany/reg/index.cfm
To express concerns to German authorities:
President of the Federal Republic of Germany
Telefon: +49 30 20 00-0
Fax: +49 030 20 00-19 99
Telefon: +49 180 272-0000
Fax: +49 1888 272-2555
Politician Joachim Herrmann
Chief of the CSU Party, also knows the Busekros family personally
Ludwig-Erhard-Straße 9 a
Telefon: +49 9131- 53 45 38
Telefax: +49 9131- 61 18 40
One possible letter has been posted by Laigles Forum; this letter is written in German but also has its English translation written under it.
Looks like the German government just never learns its lesson. One would think a society that has suffered the stigma of being one of the worst human rights violators and ethnic/religious persecutors in history would display a wee bit of tolerance and respect for human rights. Not so, according to reports released by the Home School Legal Defense Association, which details the inhumanly despicable treatment of the homeschooling Gorber family at the hands of Deutschland’s tyrannical Ministry of Education.
According to the report, the Gorber family had till recently been slapped with fines from the German family court for homeschooling their children, but now the German police and ‘youth welfare office’ in a surprise raid on their home have seized 6 of their children, the family court only allowing the youngest to be returned to them.
‘Godwin’s Law’ (i.e. ‘the opposition will eventually be compared to Hitler’) is something of a humorous social phenomenon, but the comparison in this instance is both uncannily accurate and unavoidable: The German law against homeschooling in fact originated with Hitler’s creation of the German Ministry of Education. Adolph Hitler stated concerning his youth program,
“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.”
(HT: Bob Unruh, from WorldnetDaily wrote about a similar case)
Apparently, one of the worst thrashings in military history has taught the German government absolutely nothing about respect for basic human freedom. Now it appears that some among them are so determined to enforce their policy created by the supreme despot of the absolute worst government of the twentieth century to ensure the indoctrination of Germany’s youth, that they’ve now seized five children from the Gorber family for the heinous crime of trying to educate their own kids. You heard it right folks, these Fourth Reich Fanatics have taken to kidnapping the children of their own citizens for daring to disobey Nazi law!
Germany’s all-out war on and utterly vile treatment of the Jews, the nation that God chose above all others and through which He sent salvation to all men, ranks among the worst atrocities ever committed. The concentration camps they left behind, the gas chambers, the mass graves, and the records of atrocious human experiments stand as a sobering monument to the maniacally cruel spirit of the Nazis which has come to symbolize all that is evil in modern society. Yet that same spirit clearly persists even now in the German government. The Jews no longer being within their legal reach, the sadistic predators infesting Germany’s Ministry of Education parading under the guise of ‘youth welfare’ feel the need to vent their demented savagery, and like their spiritual predecessors have set their sights on yet another helpless target: Home schoolers.
By their bald-faced and unrelenting cruelty, the German Ministry of Education, within even the scope of its limited power, shows itself just as much an embodiment of sheer hatred and wickedness as its founder. The lessons of the past have done nothing to restrain their perpetual madness, as they feverishly goose-step their way towards the ideal of a paranoid, totalitarian barbarism that has no place in the civilized world. The Führer would be proud.
For further information on how you can help fight this problem, please visit the Home School Legal Defense Association.
Rhett had written an article that I really liked a few months back entitled The Children’s Crusade. I linked to it shortly after he wrote it but deleted my link when his blog went offline for a time. I am relinking to it because I find his analogy thought-provoking and agree with his conclusions on children and the public school system.
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