I doubt that using that red herring isÂ helpful in gaining the cooperation of those who are in a position to change the laws.
The Brussels Journal, Belgium,Â 28 September 2006, European Human Rights Court Upholds Nazi Ban on Homeschooling
German parents are currently being prosecuted on the basis of a Nazi bill of 1938 which banned homeschooling.
And millions of people around the world are driving cars developed on the basis of a Hitlerian concept of folks’ wagons.Â Shall we all abandon the Beetle?
BuffaloPundit, 17 September 2006, Advocate a point without Hitlerizing it
The Grundgesetz (Constitution) was re-written completely in 1949. At some point, in reassessing its code after the War, certain laws remained on the book (for instance, laws against robbery, murder, assault) while others didnâ€™t (discrimination against Jews). The modern, post-War, post-Reich German Federal Republic chose as its policy to continue the ban against homeschooling.
I’m not in agreement with the ban, or the idea that it is the state’s responsibility to guide the development of its citizens.Â But to haul Hitler into the convesation is counter-productive considering — at the very least –Â that Hitler has been ‘out of power’ (so to speak) for over 60 years, and the government de-NazifiedÂ after World War II.
The Berlin Document Center housed the Nazi personnel files, and these were used to screen for former Nazis in order to keep them out of the government.
Humanities and Social Sciences Online, What is the Berlin Document Center?
The Berlin Document Center (BDC) is the largest repository of personnel and membership records of the Nazi Party (NSDAP) and its affiliated organizations.Â From July 1945 until October 1953, Nazi Party records captured by the Western Allies were consolidated at the BDC under the authority of the U.S. Army for use in war crimes and denazification trials.
Up until ReunificationÂ when the relationship between theÂ ‘four powers‘ and the government of the Federal Republic of Germany changed, even the names of all prospectiveÂ ‘local national’ employees with the United States military in Germany were routinelyÂ sent to the BDC for screening.Â That would have included young Ulrike, who sat across from me in the civilian personnel office where we both worked.Â Neither one of us were even born during WWII, but her name would have been screened.
This homeschool-Hitler connection is a canard, a red herring, a sensationalistic way to attract attention that does no justice to the memory of the people tortured andÂ murdered by the Nazis.
Hitler may have been anti-’homeschooling,’ but being anti-homeschooling does not make someone, or a government, aÂ Nazi.Â
Germany was so anti-uniform when we were there, that boy scouts and girl scouts didn’t even wear scout uniforms.Â Neck-kerchiefs were all I ever saw.Â Hitler’s favorite part of Bavaria in BerchtesgadenÂ was turned over to the Americans.Â I thought it was a lovely place to stay.
Instead of trying to castigate the people enforcing the ban, perhaps a more sensible approach would be to do whatever the ’200 people’Â are doing to stay on the right side of the enforcers (scroll down to LivingÂ room lessons not easy in Germany).