Kristina Köhler, a CDU parliamentarian, is pushing for a new law that would take custody away from parents of children who do not attend school, including those who are home schooled. The CDU is supposedly a conservative party-Christliche Demokratische Union, or Christian Democratic Union. Just as many conservative Americans reflexively vote Republican, most Germans who view themselves as conservative reflexively vote CDU. The same identical situation has emerged there: The “conservative” party has been hijacked by the Left. It happened before Chancellor Angela Merkel came along, but she has accelerated the process, introducing a virulent leftwing feminist ideology into public policies. The idea of removing custody from home schooling parents goes hand in hand with this ideology. In so doing, the German government, while accusing dissenters of trying to create a parallel society (using radical Islam as a pretext), have themselves created one in Europe, where they alone have virtually banned all home schooling efforts on the part of parents. No other country in Europe has taken this radical step. In fact, the EU has tried to pressure Germany into modifying its stance on this.
Now it appears that they are taking it a step further, with Parliamentarian Frau Köhler (an expert on Islamic relations) leading the charge.
Notice in the first text, the emailer omitted the name Hitler, which we supplied in brackets. In Germany today, as in America, it is politically incorrect to compare today’s situation with Hitler’s Germany. In this country, the Left use the convenient excuse that this minimizes the Holocaust. A similar argument is no doubt operative in Germany. This Gramscian psychic cage, imposed on everyone, prevents people from verbally expressing the spontaneous sensation that Germany hasn’t changed. And yet, qualitatively, it hasn’t. The degree of inhumanity to man is less, but the cold, calculated coercion used against dissenters-in today’s case, Christians, Muslims (yes, Muslims too!), home schoolers, and anyone who dares oppose the power of the regime-is absolutely merciless. Many of those who have been hauled into “family” court in America, know that the radical feminist ideology that generally pervades the atmosphere there is much the same. That is because God has been banished. Whether a godless regime calls itself Nazi or communist, it is always the same ruthlessness. Pray for our German home schooling friends. And stand with them. Call or write the German embassy nearest you and express your outrage at this new repressive law.
You read it first at Laigle’s Forum.
Our grateful thanks go to Dana Hanley for supplying this translation of the email body:
To Whom it May Concern:
In the educational bureaucracy, the devil appears to be loose. The presentiments in my reports seem to continually be confirmed: A large-scale campaign is being aimed at parents, who are not able to come to terms with the available educational provisions and “exit” seeking the alternative model of home schooling.
The attached document (see koehler-CDU.pdf) from a high ranking politician from Hessen proves that the new law (may be found in its entirety in my new Dossier at http://www.homeschooling.de/sorgerecht.htm) will affect all parents, who are convinced of the inadequacy of public education and “make themselves a nuisance.” Marian (the highly talented boy discriminated against in the attached case) was even named in particular as the cause of the “problem.” Officially yes, but on the grassroots level, it has to do with the well-being and education of children. Unofficially, it has to do with the (sometimes after-the-fact) justification of official offenses such as loss of custody via the German Youth Welfare Offices and with the forced attendance of all children in the existing school system. After all, parents cannot be allowed to start thinking independently about their children’s failure in school and cause a sensation and riot by choosing alternatives to school attendance. The “interests of the collective” must be upheld, apparently through any means necessary, if necessary by force. That was how it was rationalized in the time of the [Hitler]…Regime, too.
There is a tremendous scandal going on and no one can stop it? Who is reporting it? Who will make the scandal public? At least international media outlets would be interested if they knew the true background of the new German welfare laws.
With concerned greetings,
Translated by: Dana Hanley
Below is the email attached to the first one above. Our grateful thanks go to Delbert Blackkette for graciously supplying this translation:
Dear supporting friends of the Free Education Perspective,
As a family with a gifted and talented child, we fled Germany on October 19, 2007 with two suitcases and with the last of our money having been spent on our flight to Iran. This came about because of an illegitimate decision made by the Family Court of Wiesbaden, with corresponding threats of violent compulsory measures against us.
Marian has been homeschooled by his mother (a certified biologist) since the summer of 2006, and has been taking two school years at once. He had multiple private courses such as theater, gifted and talented courses, foreign language courses, gymnastics, horseback riding, and music instruction (paid for by his grandparents) where he was together with other children.
Marian received a certificate from the Children’s College of Rheinland-Pfalz – Gifted and Talented Center on July 16, 2007 – : “Marian integrates very quickly in the groups at the Gifted and Talented Center, and has made some friendships here. Marian is a friendly, highly motivated child, achieving very good results in the courses. We are looking forward to Marian participating in our offerings for gifted and talented children in the winter semester”.
Mrs. Thieroff, the director, educated her child by homeschooling, and that child is now studying at a university in England. She told us at the time that homeschooling was the best instruction and education method for gifted and talented children.
Because the public school authority of Wiesbaden has no suitable schools for a highly gifted and talented child such as our Marian, they, along with Child Protective Services, wanted to force him to attend the Special Education branch Friedrich-von-Schiller School for children with behavioral problems and for low performing children. This is a school where Marian at age 6 was embarrassed and struck by Social Studies teacher Mrs. Frank-Nagel, with the school director Mrs. Hubl-Stück acting in conjunction with the Wiesbaden Public School Authority to cover this up. After her lesson Marian complained of a very bad headache and feelings of nausea. Other boy and girl students in the class told their parents that Mrs. Frank-Nagel struck Marian during the lesson. A criminal complaint was then filed against Mrs. Frank-Nagel, who was charged by a judge with Willful Aggravated Battery in Office.
Because we resisted the educational poverty, the boredom and the violence in the schools, Child Protective Services moved in Family Court to strip us of custody of our son and place him in a foster home, in an illegitimate trial without our being present or having an opportunity to present the circumstances from our perspective, so that the state could destroy and make pliable the mind of a gifted and talented child who intellectually stood in their way.
Because the Wiesbaden Public School Authority had no suitable school for a gifted and talented child, they together with the Child Protective Services impeded school registration into a normal school – they went so far as to disseminate negative information to private schools (a lengthy written correspondence record is available), aid money from the Hessian Ministry of Education in support of gifted and talented students is unknown and ignored in the Wiesbaden Public School Authority. In Wiesbaden it is not desirable to engage yourself in the education of your child; this is enforced by the state taking custody away from you and other violent compulsory measures.
Marian’s psychological assessment report and its recommendations from psychologist Mrs. Andrea Brackmann of Frankfurt am Main were completely ignored! She has written publications on gifted and talented children, and is recommended by the public school authority in Frankfurt am Main for the testing of gifted and talented children.
After we fled, the press politics of Child Protective Services, SPD and CDU began a discriminatory smear campaign and persecution including the most vulgar character assassination. Newspaper articles and press releases from CDU Bundestag member Kristina Köhler may be seen in the attachments.
Our situation in Iran is an emergency situation, because we are living off of support from our parents. Marian suffers from an asthma-like illness, and has health problems due to the extreme air pollution, as well as insurance and medical insurance coverage and other support services not being available here.
Our social benefits in Germany have been completely cut off due to intervention by Child Protective services. The 75-year old father, sick with heart disease and diabetes, from Frankfurt am Main attempts to pay the rent for our apartment in Wiesbaden, so that all of our belongings are not tossed out into the street. Father has told me that he has received calls that we are being sought for child kidnapping. Child Protective Services with police have supposedly twice entered our apartment. Mr. Vu, who continues to look in on our old father was in our apartment to check on the fish in Marian’s Amazon basin (300 Liter Aquarium) and Platys (60 Liter). The Amazon fish, among them Marians favorite large diskus fish had long since died, and the apartment had a very bad smell. We suspect that the central power switch connecting to the pumps, heater, and the automatic feeder had been intentionally switched off by the Wiesbaden authorities, because the smaller hidden aquarium was still in good shape!
Two weeks before we fled we had been taking Marian to the Iranian embassy school in Frankfurt am Main every day because of German obligatory school attendance (80 km each way) (this was the only school which accepted our son), because the Wiesbaden Public School Authority refused to give us a timely assignment to a school. After we fled the police showed up at the school with the press, to take custody of Marian. But for all of this posturing, he was not allowed into the school!
I come from a Frankfurt civil servant family, and am a certified biologist, while my husband comes from an Iranian family of doctors (civil servants) and is a scientific professional in pharmaceutical security. For this reason Marian and I both hold dual citizenship (Germany/Iran).
From Iran we contacted Mrs. Frau Lohff of the Clonlara Schools. She helped us locate an experienced attorney, who has already submitted complaints with the OLG Frankfurt. The Child Protective Services is responding with all imaginable lies and primitive thinking.
For our struggle with the German Mandatory School Attendance, and in our case with Child Protective Services of Wiesbaden, we are seeking organizations that can provide moral and financial support. We very much hope that by solidarity and a mutual struggle we can ensure free education for children in Germany, and that the persecution and torture of the affected families can be ended by understanding and awareness, because ensuring children’s rights belongs to the basic Human Rights in the world.
As things stand now, Germany is unworthy of membership in the European Community, or to speak on Human Rights in the international arena. The shadows of the Third Reich and the ideology of Adolf Hitler – if not worse – still drift over Germany.
We would be very pleased to hear from you soon. We can be reached at the following email address for further information:
With friendly greetings,
Mahjoubi Assil Family
Translated by Dana Hanley
I had a telephone conversation yesterday with a functionary of Frau Köhler, a CDU parliamentarian who is pushing for the new law (taking custody away from parents of children who don’t attend school) and she said that they had used this case in their press release, as it was ideologically based. I knew nothing about the case, so I couldn’t say anything about the facts of it. Nevertheless, I tried to make it clear to her that most home educators are doing this out of concern for their children’s needs, even in cases where there seems to be an ideological element and that Germany is starting to make a fool of itself. She said that the cases where the children’s needs were the basis should be decided by the courts (e.g. I had specifically mentioned the Neubronners and told her our story) but I think that with the new law, before that happens, the parents will have lost custody. She also mentioned that up to now, it has only been possible to restrict the parents’ custody (i.e. in matters of schooling and in the choice of the children’s residence) but now the state will be able to take full custody away from the parents when the law was passed (if I understood her correctly). Out of the horse’s mouth!
Our thanks to our friends at Netwerk-Bildungsfreiheit for providing this information.