Der Betreiber dieser nichtkommerziellen Webseite ist der hoch-engagierte Martin Mitchell in Australien (ein ehemaliges “Heimkind” in kirchlichen Heimen im damaligen West-Deutschland)

DW WORLD.DE - DEUTSCHE WELLE on 23.01.2009 in English ( Sabina Casagrande reporting )
( relating to the former West-Germany ) »Abused Wards Of The State Demand Reparations In Germany«
An apology and compensation are long overdue
( The current CDU/SPD Government of the German Federal Republic, however, is dragging its feet. )



SOURCE: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,3968427,00.html
SOURCE: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,3968427,00.html?maca=en-rss-en-all-1573-rdf

Society | 23.01.2009 

Abused Wards Of The State Demand Reparation in Germany


Reading was the exception in many institutions

Scores of children in postwar Germany were abused in institutions while wards of the state well into the 1970s. They now want an apology and compensation. But the government is sending mixed signals.

They were beaten, humiliated, sexually abused and forced to do compulsory labor -- while wards of the state. Over half a million children brought up in church and state institutions between 1945 and 1975 suffered this fate in what one survivor called "child welfare hellholes."

"I was beaten and kicked into a cripple while in a home," said Dietmar Krone. "I still suffer from this today."

For 30 years, Krone kept his experiences to himself -- as did most victims of such institutional abuse. But when other former wards of the state began publicly calling attention to their plight, the 55-year-old joined them. He wrote a book about his experiences in an institution in Suechteln, today a part of Viersen near the Dutch border.

Decades after the fact, victims' groups are finally supposed to sit down in the next weeks with government, state and church representatives for a round table discussion of the situation. In December, the German parliament Bundestag unanimously passed a recommendation to the government to set up such a panel.

A petitions committee had previously recommended such action to the Bundestag after two years of deliberation.

Material compensation

The round table is intended to serve as a platform for all parties to clarify the background and consequences for victims. This includes rehabilitation possibilities, psychological support and compensation.


Play time, if any, was limited

"We'd like some form of material compensation," said Hans-Siegfried Wiegand, head of the German association of former institutionalized wards of the state Verein Ehemaliger Heimkinder (VEH). He said many children were forced to compulsory labor during their time in these homes.

"We are talking about 10 to 12 hours a day of hard labor for which they received no noticeable, if any, pay," Wiegand said. "The institutions themselves, as well as companies such as Braun and Miele, profited from this."

Since these adolescents were forced to work, they were refused schooling or vocational training.

"The director at my institution told me when I arrived: 'There's no school instruction here, we just need nimble workers'," Krone said. "Two hours later, I was sitting at one of the workbenches." He received monthly wages of 7.20 deutsche marks (3.60 euros, $4.75).

"And if you made an error, there were deductions -- and you were beaten or thrown into a dark cell," Krone said.


Few children in homes were able to take field trips

In addition, the work these adolescents did was not officially recognized and therefore not credited in their pensions.

"Ironically enough, only voluntary work can be considered for pension benefits -- and this wasn't voluntary," Wiegand said. He said many former wards of the state, who are today between 50 and 70 years of age, are financially struggling due to their past.

"Many are ailing or very ill, either physically or mentally," Wiegand said. "Most are poor as a result of their lives, for example by going into early retirement. They didn't have the strength anymore to continue working."

Mental compensation

In addition to financial compensation, Wiegand said it would mean a lot to these victims to receive an "explicit recognition" of their suffering. Krone said an official apology would make a difference to him.


The Catholic Church has yet to apologize for its past

"It would restore my sense of honor and dignity," said Krone. But the regional authority responsible for his case has yet to do so, he said.

"The word apology doesn't cross their lips," Krone said. "They can't apologize; that would be a confession of their conduct."

Round table

The petitions committee's recommendation had recognized "injustice and suffering" and "regretted this deeply." Yet a dispute has arisen on several points after German Family Minister Ursula von der Leyen presented a counter draft of necessary action.

"She up front decided to rule out certain aspects," Wiegand said. This included setting up a contact point for victims and eliminating a compensation fund.

"The minister did so without consulting us at all and these decisions are actually the task of the round table," Wiegand said. "We can't put up with this."

But the ministry contradicted these statements. Press officer Marc Kinert said the ministry had not ruled out anything ahead of time, but rather would leave that up to the discussions at the round table.

"There will be open-ended negotiations on possible compensation payments at that time," Kinert said.

Protestant Church apologizes

The Protestant Church in Germany is the only organization to take responsibility for its past. Hannover's regional Bishop Margot Kaessmann earlier this month officially apologized.


Bishop Kaessmann has been straightforward in
taking responsibility for the Church's past

"I can say publicly that I apologize," Kaessmann told German television NDR. "But I would say even more: I am ashamed that these things occurred in our institutions and that children were truly broken in their wills and their dignity hurt to such an extent."

Kaessmann said she welcomed the parliamentary decision to set up a round table. She said she supported the idea of a compensation fund.

"I personally think that we have to talk about compensation for people who were forced to compulsory labor in these institutions without being paid and are in dire situations today," she said. She said it was also necessary to discuss therapeutic support to help former state wards process and deal with their pasts.

But Kaessmann remains alone in her response. Catholic and state organizations, while offering their unconditional help in clarifying the situation, have yet to make formal apologies to the estimated 500000 to 800000 adults who spent their childhood and/or adolescence in institutionalized homes between 1945 and 1975.

Sabina Casagrande


Meta tags on the topic of "child abuse in institutional care in church children’s institutions as well as in state children’s institutions in the former West-Germany" spanning the post-war period between 1945 and 1985, "child abuse" which included "systemic and systematic child forced labour" ( in industry and agriculture, and also included the cutting of peat from large peat bogs, and the mass-production of many consumer goods without pay ) in many, if not indeed in most, of those institutions – it seems, to help kick-start the economy and to contribute to the increase of overall production and the raising of profits ( at little or no cost to the business enterprises large and small that made use of this large "forced labour" battallions of children ) during the much praised "economic miracle" that West-Germany was then experiencing.

DW WORLD.DE – DEUTSCHE WELLE – DEUTSCHE WELLE on 23.01.2009 in English – relating to the former West-Germany – Abused Wards Of The State Demand Reparations In Germany – An apology and compensation are long overdue – The current CDU/SPD Government of the German Federal Republic however is dragging its feet – Scores of children in postwar Germany were abused in institutions while wards of the state well into the 1970s – apology and compensation – apology – compensation – beaten – humiliated – sexually abused – forced to do compulsory labor – Over half a million children brought up in church and state institutions between 1945 and 1975 suffered this fate – child welfare hellholes – I was beaten and kicked into a cripple while in a home – Dietmar Krone – institution in Suechteln – today a part of Viersen near the Dutch border – institutional abuse – victims of such institutional abuse – former wards of the state – German parliament Bundestag – Hans-Siegfried Wiegand head of the German association of former institutionalized wards of the state – Verein Ehemaliger Heimkinder – VEH – many children were forced to compulsory labor during their time in these homes – 10 to 12 hours a day of hard labor – The institutions themselves – as well as companies such as Braun and Miele profited from this – Miele – Braun – refused schooling or vocational training – thrown into a dark cell – German Family Minister Ursula von der Leyen – eliminating a compensation fund – Protestant Church apologizes – Protestant Church in Germany – Hannover's regional Bishop Margot Kaessmann earlier this month officially apologized – I can say publicly that I apologize – I am ashamed that these things occurred in our institutions and that children were truly broken in their wills and their dignity hurt to such an extent – I personally think that we have to talk about compensation for people who were forced to compulsory labor in these institutions without being paid and are in dire situations today – it was also necessary to discuss therapeutic support to help former state wards process and deal with their pasts – Catholic and state organizations while offering their unconditional help in clarifying the situation have yet to make formal apologies to the estimated 500000 to 800000 adults who spent their childhood and/or adolescence in institutionalized homes between 1945 and 1975 – Sabina Casagrande – ward of the state – wards of the state – orphan – orphans – orphanage – orphanages – human trafficking – work house – work houses – residential school – residential schools – child correctional facility – child correctional facilities – reeducation camp – reeducation camps – sweat shop – sweat shops – religious indoctrination – compulsory religious indoctrination – institutional child abuse – institutional child forced labour – institutional child forced labor – child forced labour – child forced labor – forced labour – forced labor – systematic child forced labour – systematic child forced labor – child slave labour – child slave labor – hard labour – hard labor – work camp – work camps – children’s concentration camp – children’s concentration camps – child slave labour in West-Germany – child slave labor in West-Germany – child forced labour camp – child forced labor camp – child forced labour camps – child forced labor camps – child forced labour camps in West-Germany – child forced labor camps in West-Germany – institutional child slave labour – institutional child slave labor – institutional child abuse in West-Germany – institutional death – institutional deaths – turture – work and pray – fear of god – child sexual abuse – sexual abuse – child killing – child killings – paedophilia – paedophile – paedophiles – child abuser – child abusers – child sexual abuser – child sexual abusers – denial of education – poor and unskilled – poor and uneducated – submissive – dependant – lack of self-worth – lack of self-reliance – institutionalization – child welfare – youth welfare – detention – extrajudicial detention – care-leavers-survivors – unpaid hard labour – unpaid hard labor – profiteering – malicious procedure and false imprisonment – false imprisonment – illegally removed – malicious procedure – negligence – essentials of action for negligence – equity – fiduciary obligation – duty of care – breach of duty of care – constitutional law – non-judicial organs of government – liabilities of the crown – liabilities of the state – acts of servants or agents – liability of servant or agent – misfeasance in public office – damages – measure and remoteness of damages in actions for tort – remoteness and causation – limitation of action – contracts – torts and personal actions – period of limitation – actions founded on simple contract and tort – breach of statutory duty – equitable compensation and exemplary damages – compensation – without statutory warrant – legal authority – without legal authority – illegal conduct – conscious wrongdoing – placement was negligent – placed in environments where sexual abuse occurred – physical abuse – psychological abuse – church abuse – liable for the negligent actions – remedy harm done by a state – Ehemaliges Heimkind – Martin Mitchell – former ward of the state Martin Mitchell – Heimminder-Ueberlebende – Heimkinder-Ueberlebende.org – The truth about child slave labour in West-Germany – The truth about child slave labor in West-Germany

[ Date of first publication on this Website: 28 January 2009 ]


Subindex No. 1

DW WORLD.DE - DEUTSCHE WELLE on 23.01.2009 in English ( Sabina Casagrande reporting )
( relating to the former West-Germany ) »Abused Wards Of The State Demand Reparations In Germany«
An apology and compensation are long overdue

( The current CDU/SPD Government of the German Federal Republic, however, is dragging its feet. )

News in brief in the German news-magazine FOCUS, Munich the 12 August 2007:
»The Association of Former Wards of the State [ of the former West-Germany ] /
Former Institutionalised Children / Care-Leavers-Survivors demand compensation -
"The firms that made use of institutional child labour ( "unpaid forced labour" ) have to pay"« -
announced the lawyer for the victims, Munich
human rights lawyer Michael Witti.


Media reports pertaining to an Australian compensation case indexed by GOOGLE:
Court Judgment:
Compensation for Aborigine of the "Stolen Generation":

TREVORROW -v- STATE OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA (No 5) [2007] SASC 285
Judgment of The Honourable Justice Gray - 1 August 2007


Former wards of the state take the initiative.
German care-leavers-survivors take Government to task.
The German Federal Government is being challenged to answer the following simple question:
Ehemalige Heimkinder stellen eine sehr einfache Frage an die Deutsche Bundesregierung:


Legitimate critical observations by the Australian operator, Martin Mitchell, of the
community-service-site
cum postwar German history site Care-Leavers Survivors.org
@
www.care-leavers-survivors.org with regard to specific human rights violations -
extra-judicial incarceration and "forced labour" and the profiteering therefrom
by the postwar West-German State
, the churches and private enterprise
(between ca 1945 - 1975) - which should concern us all.


Absolute prohibition of all forms of forced labour / compulsory labour !, or not ?
Was "forced labour" / "compulsory labour" / "work therapy" /
"indoctrination by toil" / "labour discipline" / "pressganged labour"
"hiring out of involuntary labour" / "forcing people to work without pay" ever permitted
in the Federal Republic of Germany, or not? Was it ever permitted in the 1950s, the 1960s,
the 1970s and the 1980?
Is it permitted in the Federal Republic of Germany today?

The use of and the profiteering from forced labour are crimes under international law and they
constitute a serious violation of human rights and an unlawful curtailment of human freedoms.


German wards of the state / institutionalised children used as slave labourers (in the former
West Germany
) demand adequate compensation and the making of appropriate amends;
they don't want to be "paid off" / "to be bribed henceforth to keep quiet"; no "compromise" !

Deutsche Heimkinder / Kindersklaven verlangen eine anständige Entschädigung und
Wiedergutmachung; keine "Abfindung" / "kein Schweigegeld", keinen "Kompromiss" !




Horrific (hidden) POSTWAR GERMAN HISTORY unearthed !!!
Justice at last for abused wards of the state being detained
and slave laboured in ‘institutional care’ in
(West) Germany
by church and state
(a couple of million of them between 1945-1975+;
the exact number has not as yet been able to be determined).

However, whether these victims will in fact obtain justice remains to be seen.

THE FORGOTTEN CHILDREN AND JUVENILES OF POST-WAR WEST-GERMANY (1945-1985)

SUFFER THE LITTLE CHILDREN – THE INSIDE STORY OF IRELAND'S INDUSTRIAL SCHOOLS
Mary Raftery and Eoin O'Sullivan – First published in 1999 – ISBN 0-8264-1337-4 – (425 pages).
Well-researched non-fictional documentary-type account of Irish institutional child abuse –
in this case perpetrated almost solely by Catholic orders of religion in institutions run for profit
and enrichment of themselves, and to the total disregard of the needs of the children in their ‘care’.


Forgotten Children – The Secret Abuse Scandal in Children's Homes.
[ Institutional child abuse in the UK ]
Author Christian Wolmar – Vision Paperbacks . October 2000.




Bitte nicht vergessen auch "Ehemalige Heimkinder" @ http://heimkinderopfer.blogspot.com zu besuchen.


Wichtiger Hinweis: Diese Seite wird ziemlich häufig aktualisiert. Damit Sie immer die aktuellsten Beiträge präsentiert bekommen, raten wir Ihnen, bei jedem Besuch dieser Webseite, und jedem erneuten Besuch einer individuellen Seite auf dieser Webseite, auf Ihrer Testatur, zur gleichen Zeit, "Strg"+"F5" zu drücken ("refresh" = aktualisieren ) !


Home Impressum Kontakt Zurück nach oben