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European Court of Human Rights Homeschool Decision Wrong Again!
January 22, 2019: The court ruled that German authorities did not violate the Wunderlichs’ rights when they seized their four children by force for testing and evaluation.

German Family Pleads for Help from Human Rights Court
April 11, 2017: Dirk and Petra Wunderlich have been fighting for more than a decade to homeschool their four children. Now their case will be heard by Europe’s top human rights court.

German Parents Flee
February 29, 2016: Every year, many families leave Germany in order to homeschool their children, since homeschooling in Germany is outright illegal. My family is just one of the many that have left.

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.

 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
Paper on Homeschooling by the Deutscher Bundestag

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
Dr. Andreas Vogt esq.
Niederhoner Str. 20
D - 37269 Eschwege
Phone: +49 (0)5651 - 3350 250
fax: + 49 (0)5651 - 3350 251
Send an email

Schulunterricht zu Hause e.V.
Armin Eckermann, Esq.
Buchwaldstr. 16
D-63303 Dreieich
Send an email

Der Blaue Brief
Blog advocating for freedom of education in Germany

Last Updated: January 1, 2016