“Supposedly, I was beaten…”
The courts and the Jugendamt have to make sure their task, “that the fundamental rights of children to a non-violent upbringing are safeguarded.”
Therefore, Nechonah Pfeiffer, together with thirty-two other children on 5 September 2013 was taken away by police force from their parents.
According to the court records from January 20, 2014, the twelve-year-old Nechonah said before the Court of Appeal judges:
My greatest wish is that I can go back to my parents. It’s true that I got to know a different lifestyle in the former foster-family and the in foster-home than in our Community. I’m not interested. I want to go back to my parents and the Community.
I know why I had to go away from my parents. Supposedly, I was beaten. Previously, I was disciplined with the rod; that is quite true. I have no bad memory of the discipline.
In response to the question of whether she would be afraid to be disciplined with the rod when she came back to her parents, Nechonah shakes her head, smiling, “As I have written in the letter — it is correct — I want to go back home to my brother and my parents.”
The head of the Jugendamt sends his apologies, “Unfortunately, he has no time to talk.”
The parents hold discussions with the relevant staff of the Jugendamt Dönau-Ries to find agreement. (see photograph below.)
The staff members attempt to persuade the parents to bring their daughter against her will back to the home. The “force” of their argument — their “persuasive power” — stands nearby, or sits in their green and white cruisers.
Yes, the Jugendamt can be very “forceful” in pressing their case against parents. They hit very hard, uncaring as to the damage done to the lives and souls of their victims, big or small. They only do their duty, they say, they only follow orders. In fact, they treat everyone this way! Do you not yet know, they tell us by their actions, that might makes right in Germany?
So the parents are confronted with a dilemma. Should they break their child’s will by sending her, against her will, back to the foster-home she is not interested in and away from the home she loves? Is that what they should do?
They want to talk to the head of the Jugendamt, but he has not the time.
Yes, everyone was in such a hurry 5 September 2013, but ever since, there has been no hurry about anything at all…
State power marches on.
The Nördlingen police came with orders from the Jugendamt to bring the girl back to her foster-home by force. She does not go voluntarily, so by force she must go! That is what the Jugendamt says. Is this how she is to have a “non-violent education“? So what is the real intention behind the whole action?
That day, February 12, 2014, the police left without finding her.
The Jugendamt promises to return.
Read Nechonah’s Letter to Herr Kanth, head of the local Jugendamt.
Read more about the Pfeiffer family.