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Thursday, August 31st, 2006, 06:13 PM

German home-school family flees to Austria

31 August 2006
HAMBURG - A German couple who are determined to educate their six children entirely at home were believed Wednesday to have taken refuge in Austria after the father, Andre R, 44, was jailed for a week for refusing to enrol his offspring in a public school.

The family are evangelical Christians who believe that public schools are a bad moral influence on children. Home schooling is common in other nations, but prohibited in Germany.

Politicians on the left and right have condemned the family and praised Hamburg officials who are seeking custody of the children. "The state has a duty to all children," Christian Democrat Robert Heinemann told the newspaper Hamburger Abendblatt.

The family left Hamburg Saturday after the fundamentalist Christian father had spent a week among criminals at the city jail.

City authorities confirmed that the family were no longer legally domiciled in Hamburg, but said efforts to seize custody of the three school-age daughters would continue. The daily newspaper Bild said it had traced the family to a Christian hostel in Austria.

Austria allows home-schooling, with yearly checks to ensure that children have been taught the syllabus by their parents.

Armin Eckermann, a lawyer who heads an association backing the family and campaigning to introduce home-schooling, refused comment.

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Home-school family flees after father jailed

Friday, September 1st, 2006, 04:18 AM
The suprising fact is that they have six children, really...

Good stuff.

Wednesday, September 13th, 2006, 04:09 AM
More news from the homeschool front in Europe:


Germany Imprisons Mum. Dad and Kids Flee to Austria

From the desk of Alexandra Colen on Tue, 2006-09-12 21:11
Last Thursday the German police arrested Katharina Plett, a homeschooling mother of twelve. Yesterday her husband fled to Austria with the children. Homeschooling is illegal in Germany since Hitler banned it in 1938. The Plett family belongs to a homeschooling group of seven Baptist families in Paderborn. We wrote about their case (http://www.brusselsjournal.com/node/139) last year.
Stefan Sedlaczek of the Catholic website kreuz.net heard about her arrest on Saturday. He reports today (http://www.kreuz.net/article.3860.html) that a female plain-clothes police officer rang at Katharina Plett’s house on Thursday around 11:00 am. When she opened the door other police officers, who had hidden themselves, forced their way in. Mrs Plett was allowed to change, but a police officer followed her into her bedroom in case “she would arm herself and shoot us all.” The woman was able to inform her husband by mobile phone before the police brought her to Bielefeld.
The authorities later informed her husband that she has been imprisoned in Gelsenkirchen. Apparently she has been given a ten day prison sentence. When Sedlaczek rang the Gelsenkirchen prison authorities to get confirmation of Katharina Plett’s whereabouts, he was told that no information would be given. A written request for information has so far not been answered either. Unless we are mistaken, the German mainstream media have not written anything about this case yet.
Yesterday, Katharina’s husband fled with their children to a Christian family center in Wolfgangsee in Austria. A homeschooling couple from Hamburg has also fled (http://www.abendblatt.de/daten/2006/08/31/604811.html) to Wolfgangsee. Their case was covered in the media (http://www.welt.de/data/2006/08/31/1016660.html). In Austria parents are entitled to homeschool during a one year trial period, after which the authorities decide whether the parents are allowed to continue homeschooling or not.