The operator of this non-commercial website is the highly motivated community-minded Martin Mitchell from Australia (himself an instititionalised and abused minor in church institutions in the former West Germany)

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:

ENGLISCH

The actual topics are: Family, institutionalisation, youth welfare, extrajudicial detention, forced labour, unpaid hard labour, profiteering from the labour of minors.


Abuse and exploitation (of labour) in whose name? –
According to what law?


Former wards of the state take the initiative.

The German Federal Government is being challenged to answer the following simple question:

In the Federal Republic of Germany, between 1945 (or rather 1949) and 1992, was it lawful and in conformity with the Constitution [ was it ever in conformity with ILO Convention C029 ] for wards of the state of both sexes or minors who had been voluntarily placed into state care to be (a) incarcerated or to have their freedom of movement curtailed and (b) to be forced to unpaid slave labour, in the same manner as was customary in the Third Reich?

The question is being put by Martin Mitchell in Australia "former ward of the state" (born 1946), operator (since 17 June 2003) of the website
Heimkinder-Ueberlebende.org @ www.heimkinder-ueberlebende.org / www.care-leavers-survivors.org and the accompanying "Ehemalige Heimkinder" Blog @ www.heimkinderopfer.blogspot.com.

DEUTSCH

Die eigentlichen Themen sind: Familie, Heimerziehung, Jugendwohlfahrt, Geschlossene Unterbringung, Arbeitszwang, unentlohnte Akkordarbeit, Kinderzwangsarbeit Ausbeutung der Arbeitskraft von Minderjährigen.

Misshandlung und Ausbeutung in wessen Namen? -
Nach welchem Gesetz?


Ehemalige Heimkinder nehmen die Initiative.

Die Deutsche Bundesregierung wird aufgefordert die folgende einfache Frage zu beantworten:

Zwischen 1945 (bzw. 1949) und 1992, war es jemals gesetzmäßig, und im Einklang mit dem Grundgesetz [ war es jemals im Einklang mit dem IAO Übereinkommen C029 ], in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Fürsorgezöglinge beiden Geschlechts und Schutzbefohlene die der Freiwilligen Erziehungshilfe understanden (a) ihrer Freiheit zu berauben und (b) sie zur unentlohnten Arbeit zu zwingen, auf die gleiche Weise wie dies im Dritten Reich allgemein üblich war?

Frage gestellt bei Martin Mitchell in Australien, "Ehemaliges Heimkind" (Jahrgang 1946), Betreiber (seit 17. Juni 2003) der Webseite
Heimkinder-Ueberlebende.org @ www.heimkinder-ueberlebende.org / www.care-leavers-survivors.org und dem dazugehörigen "Ehemalige Heimkinder" Blog @ www.heimkinderopfer.blogspot.com.


[ Date of first publication on this Website: 14 February 2007 ]


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.




Visit also “Ehemalige Heimkinder” (former Wards of the State) Blog @ http://heimkinderopfer.blogspot.com


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