In November of 2012 April and I attended the first Global Home Education Conference in Berlin, Germany. I talked with Dirk Wunderlich about their homeschooling situation near Darmstadt and was really amazed and humbled by their commitment to do what God was leading them to do even in light of the threat. (You may also be familiar with Romeike story in the news.)

Pictured here, HSLDA Founder and Chairman Mike Farris meets with the Wunderlich family during the Global Home Education Conference held in Berlin, Germany in October 2012.

Honestly, I just couldn’t relate. It’s nearly impossible to even imagine a time or place where we would not have the freedom to educate our own children at home. But that is exactly what this brave family has done for quite some time. That is, until this week. HSLDA reported:

At 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 29, 2013, in what has been called a “brutal and vicious act,” a team of 20 social workers, police officers, and special agents stormed a homeschooling family’s residence…

Dirk Wunderlich described the frightening turn of events.

“I looked through a window and saw many people, police, and special agents, all armed. They told me they wanted to come in to speak with me. I tried to ask questions, but within seconds, three police officers brought a battering ram and were about to break the door in, so I opened it,” he told HSLDA.

“The police shoved me into a chair and wouldn’t let me even make a phone call at first,” he said. “It was chaotic as they told me they had an order to take the children. At my slightest movement the agents would grab me, as if I were a terrorist. You would never expect anything like this to happen in our calm, peaceful village. It was like a scene out of a science fiction movie. Our neighbors and children have been traumatized by this invasion.” READ MORE…

It is time for us to act on behalf of this kind family. They are fighting the battles many fought here in the 70s and 80s. They are no different than any of us in American. They desire freedom to follow their own conscience and raise their children as God leads them. So let us support them by calling their government and letting our voices be heard.

Mike Farris is asking homeschoolers to contact German officials on behalf of the Wunderlichs.

Contact German Officials

German Embassy in Washington, D.C.
(202) 298-4000
Online contact form
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Talking points:

  • You are shocked and dismayed at the German actions in sending a SWAT team to remove the Wunderlich children.
  • A UN rapporteur has criticized Germany for its harsh treatment of homeschoolers in his 2006 report on the German education system (see paragraphs 62 and 93 (g) of the report).
  • Germany authorities should immediately release the Wunderlich children to their parents.
  • Germany should promptly change its law to permit homeschooling to comply with its obligations under international law.

Please take a minute and call. We must act on behalf of this good family. For more information and for additional ways to help see:

Farris: Germany Breaking Pledge to Protect Rights

For ideas on human rights arguments visitTheBerlinDeclaration.org.

You can support our fight for the Wunderlich family by donating to the Homeschool Freedom Fund.