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Relief for Persecuted German Homeschool Family
July 10, 2019: Dirk and Petra Wunderlich weathered yet another legal challenge last week, when a German court affirmed that they would retain custody of their children. But the family also learned that a separate appeal was denied by the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights.

Homeschoolers in Hesse: “School is Poison and Destroys Creativity”
March 19, 2019: A German-language magazine in Frankfurt reports on the Wunderlich family, who continues to homeschool even though local authorities threaten to take action against them.

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.

'Huge Setback' for Parents' Rights as European Court Rules Against German Homeschoolers
January 10, 2019: CBN reports on a court ruling that German authorities did not violate the Wunderlichs’ fundamental rights when they removed the family’s children because of homeschooling.

“Compulsory Education is a Cage”
January 10, 2019: In this German-language interview, the attorney for the Wunderlich family discusses why homeschooling should be considered a human right.

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.

 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