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      Der DEUTSCHE HEIMKINDER-SKANDAL präsentiert in englischer Sprache. | The GERMAN-HEIMKINDER-SCANDAL presented in the English language.

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      A RECORD FOR POSTERITY


      FIRST PART OF A TWO-PART PRESENTATION.

      An article published on and by the Australian Website »CARE LEAVERS AUSTRALIA NETWORK --- A network of people who grew up in Australia’s orphanages, Children’s Homes and in foster care«

      @
      http://www.clan.org.au/news_details.php?newsID=595


      Germany admits enslaving and abusing a generation of children


      [ based on an article by ]
      BY TONY PATERSON [ IN BERLIN - Tuesday 14 December 2010 ]
      The INDEPENDENT [ @
      http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/germany-admits-enslaving-and-abusing-a-generation-of-children-2159589.html ]

      [ for the purpose of publication in the discussion forum "EHEMALIGE-HEIMKINDER-TATSACHEN.COM" ( "facts about German care-leavers-survivors Forum " ) – edited by Martin MITCHELL, himself a victim of that very abuse in these institutions in West Germany ( and resident in Australia since 24.04.1964 ) --- edited, to more accurately reflect the real situation in Germany back then ! ]


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      Over a period of time spanning several years, from approximately 2008 to the end of 2010 ] Germany has [ slowly – ever so slowly ] owned up to one of the most disturbing examples of mass child and youth abuse in its post-war history, some 60 years after the first teenagers started being locked away and mistreated by supposedly "caring" foster homes [ ie. by children’s homes / children’s institutions / reform schools / residential schools / work houses / whilst in servitude of some form or another ].

      The country agreed yesterday [ Mo. 13.12.2010 ] to provide a €120m (£101m) ʹcompensation fundʹ for the estimated 30,000 victims [ who are expected might put in a claim ] who were among the 800,000 children in German foster homes [ ie. in children’s homes / children’s institutions / reform schools / residential schools / work houses / in servitude of some form or another ] in the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies [ it is estimated ] [ It could well be more ! --- The authorities claim they do not have any accurate figures ! ].

      Institutions that for decades meted out inhuman treatment – including ritual beatings, periods of solitary confinement, forced labour and sexual assaults – were not youth remand centres or borstals as might be expected, but homes [ ie. institutions / residential schools ] run by nuns and priests in former West Germany’s Catholic and Protestant churches, as well as state-run homes [ ie. institutions / residential schools ].

      Antje Vollmer, a Green Party politician [, an evangelical theologian, one-time pastor and a staunch supporter of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Germany ] and former German parliamentary president [ ie. "former vice president of the German »Bundestag«" ], announced the establishment of the ʹfundʹ yesterday [ Mo. 13.12.2010 ] after two years of Round-Table discussions with victims, politicians and church leaders in an attempt to provide some form of retrospective justice for those who were abused.

      Ms Vollmer said that by setting up the ʹfundʹ, Germany was finally "recognising the suffering of the victims", which had been perpetrated by a nation which – at the time [ between 1945 and 1975, she meant ]had an "immature justice system" and was still trying to shake off attitudes inherited from a totalitarian Nazi regime.

      DER SPIEGEL magazine, which broke the story of widespread abuse in German foster homes [ ie. in children’s homes / children’s institutions / reform schools / residential schools / work houses / in servitude of some form or another ] in 2003 [ ie. on 19 May 2003 ], concluded that the mistreatment was systematic: "Between 1945 and 1970, the worst educational practices of the Nazi-era continued virtually unabated in these barrack like foster homes. [ ie. in institutions / residential schools ]"

      Those Nazi-era practices included beatings for petty offences like using too much soap or "nose picking" and incarceration in solitary confinement cells for "daring to hum" pop songs.

      One victim, who refused to be named, recalled in a radio-interview this week that a standard foster home [ ie. institutional / residential school ] punishment for talking at night was being made to stand naked in an unheated corridor until a freshly lit new candle had burned itself out. "It meant standing naked all night", he said.

      Forced unpaid labour included ditch digging, turf cutting and being sub-contracted out to construction firms to hump bricks. For adolescent girls, the favourite form of unpaid labour was carried out in laundries, where they had to work for hours washing by hand and ironing [ like in the "Magdalene Sisters’ Laundries" in Irland ].

      Eleonore Fleth, now in her sixties, was sent to a church-run foster home [ ie. to an Evangelical-Lutheran institution / residential school ] as a teenager. Interviewed yesterday [ Mo. 13.12.2010 ], she said she had been so traumatised by the experience that she had mentally blanked out much of her home experience. "I only know from my home records that I was contracted out and used as a part-time labourer for a building firm," she said.

      "I still suffer bad attacks of claustrophobia from being locked up in solitary confinement. The worst thing was being so powerless."

      In thousands of cases [
      sic ] [ ie. actually in hundreds of thousands of cases !!! ], teenagers were dispatched for long periods of incarceration in foster homes [ ie. in children’s homes / children’s institutions / reform schools / residential schools / work houses / in servitude of some form or another ] for committing offences
      that nowadays would be passed off simply as part of growing up. One woman victim, now in her mid-sixties, was shut away in a Catholic-run home [ ie. institution / residential school ] at the age of 15.

      Her crime was that she spent the night with her boyfriend and had failed to return home. Her mother convinced the local youth authorities [ ie. the West German Child Welfare Authorities = "Jugendamt" ] and the courts that she was a danger to herself and society.

      Shame and fear of further discrimination meant that the former inmates of Germany's foster homes [ ie. the inmates of children’s homes / children’s institutions / reform schools / residential schools / work houses / in servitude of some form or another ] of the Fifties and Sixties [ and Seventies ! ] remained silent about the abuse they suffered for decades. When they approached their former homes [ ie. institutions / residential schools ], they were stonewalled and told to go away.
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      Eine Verhandlung oder ein Verfahren ohne QUALIFIZIERTEN juristischen Rechtsbeistand, Recht und Gesetz ist wie ein Gebäude ohne Fundament – ein Kartenhaus.

      Heimkinder appellieren an VATER STAAT und MUTTER KIRCHE Sühne zu tun:
      Ein Denkmal in Musik gesetzt

      Freiheit ist keine Selbstverständlichkeit; sie bedarf ständiger Wachsamkeit.

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      SECOND PART OF A TWO-PART PRESENTATION.

      An article published on and by the Australian Website »CARE LEAVERS AUSTRALIA NETWORK --- A network of people who grew up in Australia’s orphanages, Children’s Homes and in foster care«

      @
      http://www.clan.org.au/news_details.php?newsID=595


      However, a handful were encouraged to come forward and tell their stories in 2002 after the release of British director Peter Mullan's acclaimed film The Magdelene Sisters, which exposed the plight of supposedly "fallen" girls held in Catholic-run foster homes [ ie. in institutions / residential schools / work houses / Magdalene Sisters’ Laundries ] in Ireland in the 1960s [ the last one of these closing in Ireland in 1996 ! ].

      Peter Wensierski, a journalist writing for DER SPIEGEL, started publishing their stories of abuse in 2003 [ ie. he began to do so on 19 May 2003 ]. [ As far as West Germany is concerned ] "I didn't realise it at the time [ in 2003 ], but it was just the tip of [ the ] iceberg", he said.

      Thousands more came forward and forced the German government to take notice. Yesterday’s ʹcompensation dealʹ follows profuse apologies from Germany's Catholic and Protestant churches for their role in the running of foster homes [ ie. their role in the running of children’s homes / children’s institutions / reform schools / residential schools / work houses / work houses / servitude of some form or another ] in the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies. Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, the head of the German Catholic Church, said he bitterly regretted the injustice. "With all my heart I beg those affected for forgiveness for these sad events", he said.

      However, the sense of injustice felt by foster home victims [ ie. by the victims of these children’s homes / children’s institutions / reform schools / residential schools / work houses / work houses / servitude of some form or another ] remained intense more than half a century later. Yesterday [ Mo. 13.12.2010 ] one of the main foster home victims' groups, the Association of Former Home Children [ ie. the "Verein ehemaliger Heimkinder e.V." ], condemned the ʹfundʹ as being utterly inadequate. The association’s chairman, Monika Tschapek-Güntner, herself a victim, described its provisions under which victims would obtain around €2,500 each, as a "humiliation". She said her group would challenge ʹthe fund’s provisionsʹ in the courts.



      Gisela Nurthen: 'We were juvenile slave labourers'


      Gisela remembers being locked up in solitary confinement at the age of 15 for having the audacity to hum an Elvis Presley song. For two years she worked for 10 hours a day folding sheets and ironing [ in a German Magdalene Sisters’ Laundry in Dortmund, called the "Dortmunder Vincenzheim" ]. There was no pay.

      "We were juvenile slave labourers", Mrs Nurthen, now in her mid-60s, said. [ She actually passed away in late-December 2005 ! ] "We were given numbers and only allowed to move about in pairs, to church, to the lavatory and to meals", she said.

      Mrs Nurthen spent two years in [ this ] Catholic Church-run foster home in Dortmund during the 1960s. "The people who ran these homes, the religious orders, Germany’s juvenile justice authorities [ ie. the West German Child Welfare Authorities = "Jugendamt" ] and the churches – they all owe us an explanation", she said.

      She was sent to the home run by the Charitable Sisters [ / the Sisters of Mercy ] of the order of St Vincent de Paul [ who ran the German Magdalene Sisters’ Laundry in Dortmund, called the "Dortmunder Vincenzheim" ]. Her crime was that she had failed to return home after a night out dancing with her boyfriend.

      She was picked up by the police the following morning trying to hitch-hike back to her single-parent mother. Her mother informed the local authorities and 24 hours later a juvenile court dispatched her to the home [ ie. the institution / residential school / work house / the Magdalene Sisters’ Laundry in Dortmund, called the "Dortmunder Vincenzheim" ] after ruling that she was "in danger of committing further acts of depravity".

      She remembers being taken into a room by a nun and ordered to put on one of the institution's grey uniform dresses. The slightest transgressions brought beatings and other punishments from the nuns. "We were watched over every minute of the day. When we undressed for the night the nuns stared at our private parts and checked that they were 'washed clean'", she said.

      Seven years ago, Mrs Nurthen and some 30 other former home inmates tried to obtain church documents relating to their time spent in the institutions, in order to expose the scandal and obtain some form of financial compensation.

      She was told by the civil authorities [ ie. the German Child Welfare Authorities = "Jugendamt" ] that all documents relating to her case had been lost or destroyed. She contacted the Paderborn headquarters of the Charitable Sisters [ ie. / the Sisters of Mercy ] order that ran the home where she was held [ ie. the Charitable Sisters / the Sisters of Mercy who ran the German Magdalene Sisters’ Laundry in Dortmund, called the "Dortmunder Vincenzheim" ]. She was told: "We have no documents. Our old sisters who were in [ charge of ! ] the homes [ ie. of these children’s homes / children’s institutions / reform schools / residential schools / work houses ] want to be left in peace. We don't want to get them involved in discussions of this nature."

      Publication of Gisela Nurthen’s story [ by DER SPIEGEL on 19 May 2003 ] led the German Parliament to set up a review which yesterday [ Mo. 13.12.2010 ] agreed to give ʹcompensationʹ for foster-home victims [ ie. to victims of children’s homes / children’s institutions / reform schools / residential schools / work houses / of servitude of some form or another ].



      Abuses of trust


      Magdalene laundries, Ireland

      Rights groups continue to fight for women who stayed at workhouses for "fallen women" dubbed "Magdalene Laundries" that operated for more than 100 years until 1996. Nuns who ran them were accused of systematic abuse.


      Boston diocese sex abuse scandal

      The conviction of Catholic priests in Boston for child abuse triggered a crisis in the Catholic Church in the US and led to a series of payouts to their victims.


      North Wales care homes

      Some 200 youngsters were abused in children's homes in the 1970s and 1980s in North Wales. The Waterhouse Report, ordered in 1996 by William Hague to look into the scandal, spoke of systematic abuse and a culture of secrecy and violence at homes in Clwyd and Gwynedd. The abuse came to light when the head of one of the homes came forward with her concerns.
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      Eine Verhandlung oder ein Verfahren ohne QUALIFIZIERTEN juristischen Rechtsbeistand, Recht und Gesetz ist wie ein Gebäude ohne Fundament – ein Kartenhaus.

      Heimkinder appellieren an VATER STAAT und MUTTER KIRCHE Sühne zu tun:
      Ein Denkmal in Musik gesetzt

      Freiheit ist keine Selbstverständlichkeit; sie bedarf ständiger Wachsamkeit.

      Dieser Beitrag wurde bereits 3 mal editiert, zuletzt von „Martini“ ()

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      Journey - The Uniting Church in Australia : Queensland Synod

      @ http://www.journeyonline.com.au/showArticle.php?articleId=394

      After War, Children in German church-run homes 'faced abuse'

      Frauke Brauns

      Updated : Friday, 10 March 2006 12:00am

      Germany's main Protestant welfare agency has announced it wants an independent investigation into allegations that thousands of children in post-Second World War Germany faced abuse and neglect in church-run homes.

      "We don't want to gloss over, play down or deny the facts," said Jürgen Gohde, [ the current ] president of the
      Diakonisches Werk of the Evangelical Church in Germany, acknowledging that children had faced unacceptable conditions in homes.

      However, there was no evidence that children had been "systematically abused on the instructions of the authorities of the welfare agencies or the church", the Protestant news agency
      epd quoted Gohde saying.

      The allegations were made in a book, "Beatings in the name of God" [ »Schläge im Namen des Herrn: Die verdrängte Geschichte der Heimkinder in Bundesrepublik« - originally ISBN-10: 342105892X | ISBN-13: 978-3421058928 and since ISBN-10: 3442129745 | ISBN-13: 978-3442129744 ], published in February by journalist Peter Wensierski. He alleged that between 1945 and 1975, thousands of children faced abuse in children's homes, the majority of which were run on behalf of the Roman Catholic or Protestant churches.

      Most of the children lived in the church-run homes for two to four years, but some spent the whole of their childhood there where they were cut off from the society. Some children were placed in them by the authorities because they were not being cared for properly by their parents. Others there were seen as unruly or difficult to educate.

      Once there, according to Wensierski, children could face beatings or solitary confinement if they deviated from the daily routine set by the institution.

      "Evidence from recent publications means it cannot be denied that from the 1950s to the 1970s children and young people faced inhuman treatment and even physical and psychological mistreatment in church welfare homes," said the Rev. Uwe Becker, a spokesperson for the
      Diakonisches Werk of the Protestant church in the Rhineland, in western Germany.

      Becker said the use of violence in church-run homes needed to be investigated, "for the sake of the victims who are still suffering the consequences".

      (c) Ecumenical News International


      tango-tee said on Saturday, 13 March 2010 at 03:39 hours

      @ http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=show_mesg&forum=389&topic_id=7905127&mesg_id=7907457

      I was born and live (again) in Germany, in Bavaria, and am disgusted and ashamed.

      There is a book by Peter Wensierski, published by Goldmann in 2007: "Schläge im Namen des Herrn" - my loose translation of the title is "Beatings in the Name of the Lord". This book tells the stories of children in Germany who were removed from their families in the 1950s and early 1960s, and ended up in the "care" of more than 3000 so-called Christian facilities, both Catholic and Protestant.

      Reading their accounts of negligence, bigotry, abuse and outright sadism made me want to vomit. All under the guise of The Church. God. Jesus.

      There was the Holocaust which was hatched right here in the country of my birth, a fact of history my generation has had to acknowledge in all of its horror, try to come to grips with (how?), speak to our children and grandchildren about, and cannot ever allow to be forgotten.

      And then there are these accounts on top of it all. And no one knew about it?

      The children this book speaks of have already reached retirement age; they have only now, after decades of agonizing, found the strength to come forward. No one had listened to them, because no one wanted to stir the pot - until now.

      The terrible pain and scars they are carrying with them... Thanks to the "great care" they received courtesy of the Church.

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      Eine Verhandlung oder ein Verfahren ohne QUALIFIZIERTEN juristischen Rechtsbeistand, Recht und Gesetz ist wie ein Gebäude ohne Fundament – ein Kartenhaus.

      Heimkinder appellieren an VATER STAAT und MUTTER KIRCHE Sühne zu tun:
      Ein Denkmal in Musik gesetzt

      Freiheit ist keine Selbstverständlichkeit; sie bedarf ständiger Wachsamkeit.

      Dieser Beitrag wurde bereits 1 mal editiert, zuletzt von „Martini“ ()

      Wie forher schon mal erwaehnt hatte ich diese Erfahrungen nicht gemacht.Bin aber froh in einem Land zu leben in dem die Kirchen und speziell die katholische Kirche Gesetzlich nicht den selben Einfluss hat wie bei euch.Hier geht man hinter ihren Vermoegen her um die Betroffenen zu bezahlen.Man ist auch nicht zimperlich mal den einen oder anderen Bischhof oder Kardinal ins Gefaengnis zu stecken.Rom kann da mit drohungen von exkomunikationen nichts erreichen.