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Germany's Quest to Stamp Out Home Schooling

The German government continues to hunt down and persecute homeschoolers. Yet another homeschooling family has been targeted by the Jugendamt in its quest to wipe out educational freedom. Read Transcript


Reporter: ANOTHER

GERMAN HOME-SCHOOLING FAMILY

WAS RIPPED APART WHEN AN

ARMY OF GERMAN POLICE

OFFICERS AND SOCIAL WORKERS

SURROUNDED THE HOME OF THE

VONDERLICS A FEW WEEKS AGO,

AND TOOK AWAY THEIR

CHILDREN.

THEIR ONLY CRIME WAS

HOME-SCHOOLING.

AFTER AN INTERNATIONAL

OUTCRY, THE CHILDREN WERE

RETURNED.

BUT THIS WAS NOT A VICTORY

FOR HOME-SCHOOLING FOR

PARENTS' RIGHTS IN GERMANY.

BECAUSE THE FAMILY HAS BEEN

FORCED TO SEND THEIR

CHILDREN TO SCHOOL, AND THEY

STILL DO NOT HAVE CUSTODY.

MICHAEL DONNELLY WITH THE

HOME-SCHOOL LEGAL DEFENSE

ASSOCIATION.

THIS IS A VICTORY FOR A

TOTALATARIAN REGIME THAT IS

BENT ON DICTATING TO PARENTS

WHAT THEY CAN AND CAN'T DO

WITH THEIR CHILDREN

REGARDING THEIR EDUCATION.

Reporter: THE GERMAN

GOVERNMENT ACTS OBSESSED

WITH STAMPING OUT

HOME-SCHOOLING, BELIEVING IT

IS BOTH CHILD ABUSE AND SUB

SUBVERIVE.

THERE IS A NATIONWIDE SYSTEM

OF CHILD AND FAMILY AGENCIES

THAT HAS EXTRAORDINARY

POWER.

DOCUMENTS SHOW THAT THE

JUGENDAMT IS ALLOWED TO LIE

IN COURT AND IGNORE JUDGE'S

ORDERS.

NO GERMAN PARENT WANTS TO

RUN AFOUL OF THE JUGENDAMT

BECAUSE THEY CAN RUIN YOUR

PROBLEM.

Reporter: WHEN WE

FILMED THE FAMILY LAST YEAR,

THE CHILDREN WERE OBVIOUSLY

HAPPY AND WELL-ADJUSTED AND

LOVE THEIR PARENTS.

IF YOU COULD SEE THEM

BEFORE, THEY ARE SO JOYFUL.

THE CHILDREN HAVE A PARADISE

HERE.

IF YOU LOOK OUT IN OUR

GARDEN, AND SAY THEY CAN DO

THEIR INTERESTS AND THEY

HAVE A VERY HAPPY LIFE.

Reporter: BUT THE

JUGENDAMT HAS TAKEN PLENTY

OF HAPPY AND HEALTHY

CHILDREN, TOO.

THE ARBITRARY AND CAPRICIOUS

WAY THE JUG DAM MOVES

AGAINST GOOD FAMILIES HAVE

LED SOME TO BELIEVE THAT THE

SYSTEM AMOUNTS TO A CHILD

TRAFFICKING SITUATION, TO

MAKE SURE HOMES, SOCIAL

WORKERS, AND COURT-APPOINTED

EXPERTS GET PAID.

THERE IS A SYSTEM OF

SOCIAL WORKERS, OF TEACHERS,

OF PSYCHOTHERAPISTS, AND

THEY LIVE ON CHILDREN BEING

TAKEN OUT OF FAMILIES.

WE CALL IT INDUSTRY.

Reporter: COROLLA

CANERSH IS A PSYCHOLOGY WHO

HAS WORKED FOR THE

JUGENDAMT.

THEY ARE HOMES WITH EMPTY

BEDS THAT NEED CHILDREN.

AND THEY CALL AND SAY, DO

YOU HAVE A CHILD FOR US.

Reporter: DERK AND

PETRA BELIEVE IN THEIR CASE,

GOD INTERVENED AND TURNED

THE JUDGE'S HEART TO RETURN

THEIR CHILDREN.

BUT IT IS NOT AT ALL CLEAR

HOW LONG THEY WILL HAVE

THEM.

THEIR ATTORNEY...

IN A FEW MONTHS, THE

COURT WILL HAVE A LOOK ON

THE FAMILY AND THEN WILL

DECIDE WHAT WILL HAPPEN WITH

CUSTODY IN GENERAL.

Reporter: MIKE DONNELLY

SAYS THE INTERNATIONAL

COMMUNITY NEEDS TO PUT MORE

PRESSURE ON GERMANY TO

RESPECT HUMAN RIGHTS.

TODAY RUSSIA HAS MORE

EDUCATIONAL FREEDOM THAN

GERMANY.

WE ARE VERY CONCERNED

ABOUT GERMANY'S BEHAVIOR IN

THIS AREA.

WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO

PUT PRESSURE ON GERMANY TO

MAKE THEM CHANGE THE WAY

THEY TREAT PARENTS.

THEY'RE PERSECUTING PARENT

WHO CHOOSE TO EDUCATE THEIR

CHILDREN AT HOME, AND THEY

NEED TO TOP DOING THAT.

Reporter: BUT FOR NOW,

THE FAMILY'S CHILDREN ARE

JUST HAPPY TO BE HOME.

DALE HURD, CBN NEWS.

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