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ICC Note: In Germany a law passed under the Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler requires all German children to attend public school. Parents who wish to educate their children at home, even for religious reasons, face fines and the eventual loss of their children to the state. Last Thursday German authorities stormed the home of the Wunderlich family and took all four of their children into custody. The Christian family had not wanted their children educated by the secular school system and had traveled extensively abroad, seeking refuge from persecution, before returning to Germany for the father, Dirk, to find work. Authorities told Dirk and his wife, Petra, they would not be seeing their children for a long time. 
8/30/2013 Germany (The Blaze) – The Romeike family’s very public legal battle has brought to light the homeschooling community’s ongoing battle inside Germany. Educating children in this manner is illegal in the European nation, which led Uwe and Hannelore Romeike to inevitably seek refuge. While the family’s battle for asylum in the U.S. continues, there’s another story coming out of Germany that will likely send chills down the spines of homeschooling advocates.
On Thursday, Dirk and Petra Wunderlich reportedly saw authorities storm their home and remove their four children, ages seven to 14. The offense? Continuing to homeschool their children, despite the government’s laws against doing so.
The Wunderlich family’s plight is highlighted in a release from the Home School Legal Defense Association, a nonprofit organization that works to defend families who choose the alternative education model.
“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 near Darmstadt, Germany, forcibly removing all four of the family’s children,” the organization said.
According to Dirk, the family was starting its day when the doorbell rang. When the father looked out the window, he saw a troupe of officials, many of whom were armed. Dirk began to question why they were at his home, but when three officers reportedly prepared to ram down his door, the father allowed them inside.
And that’s when chaos unfolded.
“The police shoved me into a chair and wouldn’t let me even make a phone call at first. It was chaotic as they told me they had an order to take the children,” Dirk said. “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.”
According to the HSLDA, after reviewing court documents, the only reason for the seizure of the children was the homeschooling issue, as there are purportedly no additional charges against the parents. To make matters worse, the organization claims that the judge who issued the order also authorized police to use force against the family — children included — if necessary.

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