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)

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.


A translation of this document into German can be found here @ http://www.heimkinder-ueberlebende.org/Former_Wards_of_the_State_abused_and_slave_laboured_ in_German_institutions_to_have_hearing_before_German_Parliamentary_Inquiry_-_inquiry_of_sorts_-_on_11.12.2006_No01.html

Hearing of former wards of the state who were being detained in ‘institutional care’ between 1945 and 1975, before the “Bundestag” Committee of the German Federal Parliament for receiving and hearing Petitions from concerned members of the public.

A hearing of former wards of the state who were being detained in 'institutional care' is to take place before the "Bundestag" Committee of the German Federal Parliament for receiving and hearing Petitions, on 11 December 2006.

The upcoming hearing is the result of a formal Petition brought before the Committee by the registered Association of former Wards of the State ("Verein ehemaliger Heimkinder e. V. ") on behalf of its members by the chair of the Association [non-members, however, are not for that reason necessarily excluded from the Petition].

The pertinent points of the demands made contained in the Petition are:

[1] the formal recognition of former wards of the state who were being detained in 'institutional care' as victims of all manner of the violation of their human rights;

[2] formal and binding provisions to be made to meet in full all legitimate claims of the Petitioners that they may have against the State and be entitled to as a consequence of the formal recognition of the violation of their human rights;

[3] the formal condemnation as totally unacceptable even by yesteryears’ standards of the practices of detention, correction, discipline, incarceration, solitary confinement and "work therapy" [brute force and brutality, and in many instances practices of incarceration, solitary confinement, compulsion and discipline going far beyond those which were even back then referred to as "Black Paedagogy"] that were being used and applied in order to compel children and minors to comply with all orders they were given and all that was expected of them, including all work requirements, whilst detained in ‘institutional care’ in Germany during the period from 1945-1975;

[4] the clarification of the question of pension entitlements for forced unpaid slave labour that children and minors were compelled to perform in these institutions (predominantly in church enterprises enjoying total tax-free status) under the failure of their masters and proprietors at the time to pay relevant health and superannuation contributions in respect of the work performed;

[5] the formal recognition and admission that all forms of forced unpaid slave labour that children and minors were compelled to perform as wards of the state detained in 'institutional care' constituted an unlawful and illegal act on the part of the perpetrators, proprietors and enforcers alike;

[6] a formal undertaking and guarantee that all costs for short and long-term current and future treatment and therapy that these victims of institutional child abuse may require as a consequence of current, recurring and residual traumata, including all forms of post traumatic stress, resulting from their unjust and unconstitutional detention and abuse, will be met by the State, without fail;

[7] a scientific study of this whole ingnominious chapter in the social history of the German Federal Republic;

[8] the consideration also, at the time when all these matters the subject of this Petition are being considered, of all similar events affecting former wards of the state who were being detained in 'institutional care' in the former East Germany [the former GDR – where the same ingnominious things happened to children and minors in 'institutional care', although to a far lesser extent than in the West];

[9] an actual open and public hearing before the "Bundestag" Committee of the German Federal Parliament for receiving and hearing Petitions, where former wards of the state who were being detained in 'institutional care' and are now the subject of this Petition are guaranteed an audience and will in fact be heard;

[10] an exhibition accurately depicting the institutional-life-situation of former wards of the state who were being detained in 'institutional care' in Germany during the period from 1945-1975 and of the conditions under which they were being detained and forced to perform unpaid slave labour, an exhibition which is not to exclude the desperate situation most of them found themselves in following their release, and many of them continue to find themselves in today, with a clear indication of how all these negative experiences shaped the remainder of their lives to almost every such individual’s serious detriment;

[11] the formal acknowledgement of full moral and legal responsibility by the State resulting from its failure to exercise duty of care (a) from the State-enacted and over decades applied child-internment policies and practices themselves and (b) from the totally inadequate supervision and control – in many cases indeed the total non-existence of supervision and control – over the institutions in which these children and minors were being detained by order of the State.

[12] the special creation of an independent Supervisory-Body overseeing all institutional care facilities currently existing or being planned (including all aged care facilities), in order to ensure, that similar abuses and human rights violations to those that former wards of the state detained in 'institutional care' had to suffer and endure in the past, in Germany, are not likely ever to occur again either in the present or in the future.

It is high time that Germany not only accept the constitutionally guaranteed and by international treaty covered Rights of the Child, but that it also without fail put into practice these Rights of the Child and that it leave no doubt at all that human rights in Germany apply to all citizen, adults and children alike, no matter what the age of any particular person.

It is high time that Germany begin to develop a real moral sensitivity to the grave injustices perpetrated when human rights of an individual are being violated and that it begin to realise and accept that abuse of the human Rights of the Child are equally a crime against humanity!

A detailed explanation and elucidation of the circumstances and conditions, under which former wards of the state who were being detained in 'institutional care' had to live and undergo unpaid slave labour, can be found under "Thema" [ @
http://www.vehev.org/Thema.html ].

A questionnaire for those of the former wards of the state detained in 'institutional care' who wish to participate in a survey, can be found here [ @
http://www.vehev.org/images/Fragebogen.pdf ].

IMPORTANT NOTE ( 03.02.2010): This website is already for some time now no longer the website of our Association. The new Association-Website is http://veh-ev.info/. Michael-Peter Schiltsky is in no way any longer associatet with our Association and the questionare he is using to gather information is purely for his own private purpose.

See too the article in English Horrors of post-war German
foster homes are exposed”
in THE INDEPENDENT (United Kingdom) @
http://news.independent.co.uk/europe/article345281.ece (where it first appeared, but can no longer be found) and the reproduction of that article here (at that location scroll down one third of the page on the monitor).

See too a short article in English by DIE WELTWOCHE, 17.02.2006 (Switzerland) on this topic @
http://www.signandsight.com/features/622.html (at that location scroll down half-way on the page on the monitor).

See too the article in English “[German] Group Claims Rampant Abuse in Children's Homes” by DEUTSCHE WELLE (German National Broadcasting Service) reproduced here.

See too the article in English THE FORGOTTEN CHILDREN AND JUVENILES OF POST-WAR WEST-GERMANY (1945-1985)” authored by a former ward of the state detained in 'institutional care' (in a Magdalene Sisters Laundries like institution in Dortmund in the 1960ies), Gisela Nurthen, the initiator of this whole campaign on behalf of the German "Heimkinder", who has unfortunately since passed away (†22 Dec. 2005) @
http://www.heimkinder-ueberlebende.org/The_forgotten_children_of_post-war_West-Germany.html.

See too the website in German of SPIEGEL-Journalist Peter Wensierski @
www.wensierski.info or www.schlaege.com the author of Schläge im Namen des Herrn – Die verdrängte Geschichte der Heimkinder in der Bundesrepublik” = Beaten in God’s Name – The hidden history of institutionalised children [Wards of the State] in the Federal Republic of Germany [1945-1975+]”.

See too the website (85% in German; 15% in English) of the Australian Martin Mitchell (D.o.B. 28.07.1946) (former ward of the state detained in 'institutional care' in a Protestant institution [fundamentalist Evangelical-Lutheran] Freistatt” in an vast peat bog on the heath in Lower Saxony, West-Germany, in the 1960ies; who migrated to in Australia at age 17 in 1964) @
www.heimkinder-ueberlebende.org or www.freistatt.de.vu
or www.diakoniefreistatt.de.vu or www.care-leavers-survivors.org (any of these URL will take you there).

What is expected of the German Government and the two official German Churches (Catholic and Protestant) who were – and continue to be – in partnership with the State, on the examples of (a) the Irish “institutional child abuse scandal” and its resolution, (b) the Canadian “residential schools” fiasco and its resolution and (c) the Australian “child migrants“, “stolen generation(s)” and “stolen wages” cases and their resolution (all of which are ongoing matters being dealt with in the various jurisdictions under Australia's federal system):

(a) Ireland:

for example @
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/11/10/1068329486772.html?from=storyrhs and @ http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa3944/is_200203/ai_n9026785; see too @ http://www.heimkinder-ueberlebende.org/Visit_of_German_parliamentary_delagation_to_Parliament_of_Ireland_-_07.10.2004.html;

(b) Canada:

Awaye!” 10 November 2006 - Healing the First Nations
Summary: ... Download Audio 10112006A historic agreement to compensate victims of the notorious residential schools system is about to come into effect in Canada. The First Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Phil Fontaine... Healing the First Nations Listen Now ...
http://www.abc.net.au/rn/awaye/stories/2006/1782718.htm;

see too:
1) Institutional Child Abuse: Apologising for Serious Wrongdoing: Social, Psychological and Legal Considerations, Report of May 1999, Final Report authored by SUSAN ALTER, Researcher, prepared for Law Commission of Canada, @
http://web.archive.org/web/20031228080720/http://www.lcc.gc.ca/en/themes/mr/ica/2000/html/apology.asp;
2) Law Commission of Canada: Institutional Child Abuse - Restoring Dignity: Responding to Child Abuse in Canadian Institutions.
(An Executive Summary of this Report is available under separate cover: ISBN: 0-662-64474-3 and CAT: JL2-7/2000-1); [
http://www.lcc.gc.ca ]. © Minister of Public Works and Government Services, 2000).
Full length Report, March 13, 2000: ISBN: 0-662-28154-3 and CAT: JL2-7/2000-2E @
http://www.lcc.gc.ca/research_project/child_abuse-en.asp;
3) Short Version of Report under point No. 1.) hereof, prepared by Martin Mitchell as far back as 9. December 2003 and sent to all relevant German Federal Government Departments @
http://www.heimkinder-ueberlebende.org/Institutional_child_abuse_-_Restoring_Dignity_Report_CANADA.html;

(c) Australia:

1) @
http://www.heimkinder-ueberlebende.org/The_forgotten_Australians_-_Child_abuse_in_institutional_care_-_QLD-UNI.html;
2) @
http://www.heimkinder-ueberlebende.org/Apologise_to_children_abused_in_care_-_Senate_Report_-_THE_AGE_-_30.08.2004.html;
3) @
http://www.heimkinder-ueberlebende.org/The_Forgotten_Australians_Senate_Inquiry_Report_Release_-_30.8.2004.html;
4) @
http://www.heimkinder-ueberlebende.org/Australian_Senate_Report_on_institutional_child_abuse_-_30.08.2004.html.

The German version of the above document translated from German into English may be viewed @ Heimkinder Petition.

ENGLISH TRANSLATION: translated, refined and reformulated by Martin Mitchell.

The uppermost Introductory Heading outside the main text box containing the petition was formulated and added by Martin Mitchell.


This English language document, without any alterations being made to it, may be copied, reproduced and republished at will, by whatever means, anywhere, without prior permission of the translator and its original publisher.

[ Date of first publication on this Website: 24 November 2006 ]


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


NB. This website is constantly updated. In order that you may always have the most current information at your disposal it will be necessary – upon every new visit to this site – to refresh each page you visit. Simply press simultaneously "Ctrl"+"F5". In this way you will ensure that you get not what is stored in the cache of your computer – but the Internet !


Home Proprietor / Disclaimer Contact Return to the Top