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A Parable for our Times

There once was a great master builder who erected a glorious building of noble substance. Since he especially valued the integrity of his buildings he chose only the best materials and laid a solid foundation. All those who saw it marveled at the sublime structure and were amazed at the extraordinary quality. The master builder then ordered for his most trusted steward to tend to the structural care of this most treasured building of his. Because he wanted to ensure the integrity of the building the steward had several structural engineers come twice a year for inspection. Thus the master builder’s building remained safe for many years and weathered even the strongest storms.

One day an arrogant enemy filled with envy for the master builder’s good reputation decided to destroy his most treasured building. He spread lies and slandered the master builder at the building office of the land by saying the building was dangerous. He flooded the officials with evil reports and hired biased engineers to give evidence of the dangerous condition of the building through manipulated pictures. The officials gave ear to the false witnesses and started doubting the integrity of the building. Finally the officials accepted the enemy’s proposal to dig under the foundation of the building to prove its faulty foundation.

Early one morning the engineers of the enemy rushed upon the master builder’s building and started digging with great force and violence under its foundation. In vain the steward presented the reports of all the licensed structural engineers that had inspected the building for years to hinder the attack of the enemy. But all that was left for them to do was to watch with great grief how the foundation of the building was being undermined. And behold, soon the magnificent facade of the master builder’s building started to crack …


The children of Klosterzimmern are the master builder’s treasured possession in our parable. The building office is the school authorities and the social services. The officials had examined the children and documented their physical, psychological and academic condition very clearly for years. Now some “hired structural engineers”, who are court ordered psychologists are supposed to assess the children in state custody to support the final custody decision of Judge Krüger in Ansbach and Judge Roser in Nördlingen. And of course there is the hostile RTL reporter Wolfgang Kuhnikg who wanted to make a name for himself.

From 2006-2013 the certified psychologist for the Department of Education examined the children of Klosterzimmern twice a year. In every evaluation his conclusion was that the children were being educated either equal to or above the average. He also made clear that the children were well adjusted, happy, and in a normal developmental range for their ages as well as having a good relationship with their parents.

(Excerpts from: Evaluation of the academic achievement of the community school in Klosterzimmern from the school psychologist/counciling principal)

In this academic evaluation the constant efforts towards a trusting cooperation and the interest in the increase of the achievements was again visible from all participants. In all the groups the active participation and joy in speaking, the secure feedback on what had been learned, the high level of concentration, the very disciplined behaviour, the friendly atmosphere as well as the considerate interaction among the children was remarkably positive. Rain am Lech, 13. February 2012

Dear Mr Ministerial Director,

Attached is the file of the statements of the local school authorities in the county of Donau-Ries concerning the achievements of the students in the community school in Klosterzimmern from July 2009.

The achievements can be evaluated at least as average, partly the achievements are in the overaverage level. In comparison to last year’s evaluation there are clear progresses in the self activity of the students as well as in their use of medias and visual methods. Especially mentioned should be as well the open, trustful atmosphere during the evaluations as well as the great willingness of the community to cooperate.

These findings were confirmed by Herr Kanth over and over all the way up to May of 2013, four months before the first devastating raid in Klosterzimmern where the Jugendamt took all the children under the age of 18 into state custody. In a Spiegel Online Article of April 18, 2013 the head of Social Services Donau-Reis, Herr Kanth, stated that a public health officer examined 40 to 50 children from Klosterzimmern and were not able to find any traces of abuse.


Alfred Kanth, Jugendamt manager

He also said, “Every four to six weeks some Jugendamt workers visited the farm. There we experience happy, well-raised children who are age-appropriate and who cling to their parents. We have no handle to take them out of their families.”

(Excerpts from: Meeting at the school authorities Donauwörth, May 28. 2009)

The heads of the school authorities and social services went to the community on April 23. 2009 to get an overview of the situation there. They could not find any signs of violence against the children whatsoever (like marks or indications in the conversations with the children).

The psychologist shared that he comes in contact with the children of the community during the evaluations of their academic achievements about 5 days twice a year. Meanwhile the relationship with the adults of the community is so trusting that they even leave the children alone with him. During his visits he hardly has contact to the parents except for a mutual greeting. The community is more open also to modern subjects so the children are for example well informed about pregnancy.

There is a child with a Down syndrome in the community. This child is being assessed by a special teacher. He stated that the child was very well fostered. In his many encounters in the community he never once could notice any hint that the children were abused. He on the contrary had the impression that the relationship between fathers and their children was very loving and in no way characterized by fear. That is why he never had the assumption that the children were beaten.

Mr. Kanth shared that one child of the community, M. had come from a difficult situation (his father is an alcoholic) from his father in Austria and moved voluntarily to his mother into the community 1 ½ years ago. The boy is now about 16 years old. He knows M. some and has had conversations with him when he moved to his mother to the community. Mr. Kanth is sure that M. would tell him if he was abused. He has also experienced life outside of the community.

Mr Kanth reports further that allegations had been raised already years before that the community would not receive doctor treatments in case of sicknesses. He had investigated because of this issue. Mr. R. (a member of the community) who has an education as an EMT told him that they prefer natural treatments and not to vaccinate. But in case of severe sickness they would seek expert treatment. These informations are correct according to Mr. Kanth.

So far none of the doctors that treated them have notified the social services because of suspicion of physical abuse of the children. Mr. Kanth and the psychologist both agree in their conviction that there is no indications whatsoever that the children are being beaten in school. The children do not give the impression in the least to be fearful and there have not been noticed any physical signs (blue marks, stripes …)

Mr. L. refers to the evaluation in the community school for the subject English that have been done by Mrs. B. She does not agree to the way of life of the community especially their view of women. But also Mrs. B. has not noticed any indications that the children are abused.

The point of all this is to stress that the court has many, many positive evaluations of the children of Klosterzimmern and not one negative one. They don’t need any more evaluations to determine the psychological state of the children. So, any current or future evaluation by any other psychologist should give great weight to the history of evaluations by the psychologist and Herr Kanth. In fact it would be impossible to have an objective evaluation of the children after the tramautizing effects of the last 10 months on those very children.

All the children who are old enough to run away have run away to their parents. The ones who have run away into the safety of their parents tell many horrendous stories of how they were traumatized by the raid and its aftermath in foster homes and institutions. The rest of our children who are too young, too traumatized, or too afraid to run live for the moment they can be reunited to their parents. They express this repeatedly to their foster parents, to social workers, and the court to no avail.

In the RTL’s sensationalized, manipulated, exaggerated film that paints a gruesome and false picture of the beautiful children of the Twelve Tribes, Mr. Kuhnigk gloats over the presumption that our children are now being “lovingly protected” in state custody. There, in state custody, they are being abused, as many of them have testified. Maybe his next undercover show should portray interviews with our children about their personal experiences in foster institutions and foster families.

Now the Courts ask the parents to submit to further evaluations to move the case forward. But why do they not read the ones that were done over years prior to the Raid?

They are the only ones that would be accurate. Do they look for different results than what they already have? The social services and the court still don’t have any handle, but they continue to keep the children and deny the parents any right to influence their children in any way!