German (and U.S.) Federal Policy Claims Another Homeschool Family Victim
August 28, 2015: A mom imprisoned by U.S. immigration authorities and her deported son are the latest tragic tale of German homeschoolers attempting to flee persecution.

Homeschoolers v. Germany
May 26, 2015: The German high court believes that children belong to the state. But the United States Supreme Court affirms that children are free individuals under the care and tutelage of their parents. Which is it?

German parents could face years in prison if they continue homeschooling
May 1, 2015: Four years in prison for homeschooling? Dirk and Petra Wunderlich were fined and warned of a prison sentence in their latest court appearance.

Seven Days in Jail
February 10, 2015: Claudia Brunner from Oberickelsheim, Germany was imprisoned for not sending her son to school.

A Mother Wants to Teach Her Son at Home—And is Threatened with Arrest
January 3, 2015: A family in Oberickelsheim has been educating their 8-year-old son at home and is now being threatened by local officials.

Supreme Court: Homeschooling Criminal—Families Vow Resistance
December 9, 2014: After their children were taken into custody for homeschooling, one German family vowed to fight on for freedom. This week HSLDA’s director of global outreach goes on a mission to bring relief to a beleaguered homeschool movement. Mike Farris says this fight is important and shows how fragile freedom can be.

 Country Information

Compulsory attendance: 6-18 (inclusive; in some states, the age has changed from 6 to 5)

Legal status of homeschooling: Homeschooling is not permitted.

Number of Homeschoolers: There are about 400 home school families. Almost all are operating underground or are in court.

 Germany Resources

New Strategy for Securing Homeschool Freedom in Germany
Homeschooling: Pluralistic Freedom, Not Parallel Society
United Nations Report on Education Rights in Germany (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
Previous HSLDA Elerts

Romeike Family Asylum Case—Latest Updates
Wunderlich Case—Latest Updates
Documentary film about the Dudek and Neubronners families Nov. 30, 2009 (In German)
Romeike Family Seeks Asylum—Video Translation
Video News Story about Dudek Trial Nov. 19, 2009 (In German)
Video News Story about Dudek Trial Feb. 5, 2007 (In German)
Konrad and Others v. Germany (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)


Organizations and Contact Information:

Netzwerk Bildungsfreiheit
Jörg Großelümern,
Am Hahnengraben 8
90592 Schwarzenbruck
cell phone: +49 163 162 7301
fax: + 49 721 151 500 152
Send an email

Schulunterricht zu Hause e.V.
Armin Eckermann, Esq.
Buchwaldstr. 16
D-63303 Dreieich
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Der Blaue Brief
Blog advocating for freedom of education in Germany

Last Updated: March 12, 2014