Behavior Unworthy of Human Beings
Here’s Tim, Flo, Aaron, Ossi, Sandra, and Sarah in the St. Nicolas enhancement institution in Durrlauingen, Germany.
Nice young people, aren’t they? Their paths and ours crossed at this institution. They lived for three months with four of our mothers and their seven children there, ages fifteen months to nine years, along with two of our youth. (One of them had already returned home, but they knew him well, as you will see. His name is Chayah.)
The following words are the transcript of the video you can find in German at http://news.zwoelfstaemme.de/2013/12/16/werden-wir-tatsachlich-belogen/. Let’s take a look at what these youth had to say about the shocking Second Raid (as we are calling it) on Monday, December 9. Those mothers had their children ripped out of their arms at a state-run institution where they were all already in the custody of the Jugendamt. The educators themselves were shocked; the presiding judge didn’t even know it was happening. Such is the power and (the lack of) discretion of the German youth agency, the Jugendamt. Before reading about the Raid in our words, hear about it from those who lived with these women and their children.
After introducing themselves, this is what they had to say shortly after the Raid. What they have to say is very important. They know first-hand what they are talking about. They are eye witnesses to the shame and injustice of Germany. Strong words? They are their words…
Sarah: I got to know Chayah and Addar to be quite nice and friendly people. In the beginning though it was a little unusual, because they did not know the new situation. They are very normal people just as we are, and actually I am strictly against it, that the children would come to be with any other families. Also in my eyes it is an insolence that the parents are not allowed to come see the children. Well, that’s what I have to say so far.
Sandra: Actually you almost said everything already.
Sarah: Just say it the way you see it.
Ossi: Just say it with your own words.
Sandra: Yes, I got to know Addar and Chayah also in this way, that they are quite nice. In the beginning they were timid and didn’t know everything yet. And I call it [expletive deleted] that the Jugendamt has taken all the children away, no matter for which reason.
Ossi: And what as far as the last action of the police and the Jugendamt, the [expletive deleted]… they even tore away the very little children from the parents. Even a nursing infant which was just being nursed was torn away from the mother. According to my opinion the Jugendamt can’t do such an outrageous thing. They shouldn’t do that if they are interested in the best interest of the children.
And as the two girls said before me, we got to know those people that were here in our boarding school, as quite friendly and open-minded people. And they are being presented as abusing, and at last even child-hating parents. To take the children away from them is really outrageous.
Aaron: I can only agree with what has been said already. And I am a little disappointed. We see all these things from a near distance and we see that everything is presented different from what it is really like.
Flo: I also got to know Chayah and Addar as kind and helpful people. And they are not the way the Jugendamt presents them. They don’t give the impression of being beaten or such things at all. They are just polite, well trained, and everything…
Ossi: And you have to add: both of them are willing workers.
Aaron: Yes, better educated than most in society.
Ossi: Yes, to add this on top…
Flo: Being a German, I feel ashamed of what the Jugendamt is doing. The legal system they have is not working properly. [speaking to the authorities:] Just because they are doing their own thing and are not dancing to your whistle, you simply send them away, saying they are being beaten. To me that is just not right.
Tim: Yes, I can confirm this too, about the Jugendamt, because when I was a child, it was the same for me. My sister was dragged away by the Jugendamt, just like my brother. Such things are simply [expletive deleted]. You just don’t do such things. Such behavior is unworthy of human beings.
Sarah: Especially since you [addressing the mothers, who had lived here with their infants] can offer your children here anything. You have playgrounds here. You have schools here, once they are old enough (or rather ready) for school. You have kinder gardens here for the little ones, playgrounds — you have anything here. And that’s why I don’t understand. You all want the best for your children, and you are truly giving them the best. And that’s why I don’t understand, how the Jugendamt can be so [expletive replaced] deceitful to tell just any old lies and just take the children away from you. I think this is way below the belt. And we hope that you can have your children back as soon as possible. We will commit ourselves for you to have your children back with you as soon as possible.
Ossi: As was said before: children belong with the parents and not with [expletive deleted] foster parents. I experienced this as well. After being in a foster home I was transferred to a foster family. And it is not the same as with the parents. Absolutely not. In my case it also had been initiated by the Jugendamt.
“Therefore, your sons shall be your judges.” (Luke 11:19)
You can also watch this video with English subtitles.
Standing accused, what can we do but let our children, and the many people they have deeply affected, speak for us? We have “no defense” but the fruit of our lives, the fruit of our obedience to the Word of God about child training. The fruit is good. If a person, if a system, cannot judge by the fruit — actually, will not judge by the fruit — than what good is it in God’s eyes? Such a person and such a system is in fact inhuman, as the youth above said so simply and irrefutably. This leads to behavior unworthy of human beings.
Can anyone hear the outcry?
Here is the story of the Second Raid, on December 9, 2013, from the victim’s point of view:
After our morning meeting we received the call for help from the 8- year-old boy:
“There are very many men in the house! They are taking the children!”
Then, the telephone connection is lost… The cruelty of the German government has struck again.
At dawn (7:00 am) about 30 police officers and staff of the Youth Office fall upon three mothers and their seven children, who are housed in a mother-child facility. The facility is surrounded by other police officers who cordon off the streets to prevent press or others from approaching.
One mother is still in bed, because her son is sick. She is awakened by loud banging, and when she opens the door, several officials press past her into the room and grab her two children, three and eight years old. She is prevented from going back into the room…
Another mother and her two-year-old son are screaming terribly while she is holding desperately onto her child. Police officers twist her arm behind her back and tear her boy away from her. Then she is pushed back into the room. Someone closes the window, thus ensuring that the screaming mother cannot be heard outside. She is detained in her room and two policemen guard the door…
The third mother was already sitting at the breakfast table, because her children had to go early to school. The children cry loudly when police officers come into the room. They tear the mother’s fifteen-month-old baby from her breast while she is breastfeeding…
When the fathers appear an hour later, there are still eight policemen patrolling the corridor…
So this morning employees of the Jugendamt (Youth Office) took seven children away from their mothers in a child and youth welfare institution using violent, excessive police force. The children ranged in age from 15 months to 9 years. The educators of the institution are shocked!
Has anyone heard the screaming mothers and children?
What does it mean to act in a humane fashion, that is, as a reasonable human being acts? It is having the kind feelings, dispositions, and sympathies of man. Being humane is: “Let me help,” and, “I forgive you,” and, “Let’s work this thing out.”
In the midst of this desperate situation we remain thankful for every expression of human kindness we have received. None means more than the kindness of our German neighbors and those who have publicly spoken up for us, and for what is right.
The Jugendamt, on the other hand, and the German social services, has acted with implacable hostility. Much of Germany does not seem to care: “Well, that is the way things are.” But there is a God who sees and hears and cares.
In His hands, we wait like the widow in Luke 18, verses 1-8.
For the Communities of the Twelve Tribes,
First sent out as Newsletter 24 on December 21, 2013.