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1/10/2008 1:52:17 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Germany--Please Help the Landahl Family

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

January 10, 2008

Germany--Please Help the Landahl Family

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

As you may know, homeschooling families throughout Germany are facing
severe persecution, including fines, frozen assets, and having custody
of their children taken away. In an attempt to remain in their
homeland, many families are embroiled in court battles, but an
increasing number of them are choosing to flee rather than risk losing
their children to the authorities.

One of these families is Klaus and Kathrin Landahl of Altensteig,
Germany, who have five children under the age of 13. Altensteig's
mayor has filed an action in the local family court to take custody
away from the Landahls, which can be done without even allowing the
parents a hearing. The Landahls fled to England before the court
could act to remove their children from their home. (For a complete
account, please see

Those of you in Montana have a unique opportunity to make a difference
in this horrible situation. The city of Butte has a sister
relationship with Altensteig, Germany, and we are asking you to
contact its government to help the Landahls and other Altensteig


Please contact Chief Executive Officer Paul Babb and the 12-member
Council of Commissioners (see contact information below), and, in your
own words, give them the following message:

"Home education is a freedom that we in the United States, and
particularly in Montana, enjoy, and it has benefited our family in
many ways [if you wish, elaborate here]. Unfortunately, our sister
town of Altensteig, Germany (like the rest of Germany), does not
recognize the right of parents to choose their children's method of
education, and Mayor Jurgen Grossmann is right now petitioning the
court to take child custody from two parents that simply want to
educate their children at home. I am asking you to please write Mayor
Grossmann, and ask him to 1) withdraw the court action against Klaus
and Kathrin Landahl, and 2) support home education in Altensteig."

CEO Paul Babb
Phone: (406) 497-6220
Fax: (406) 497-6366
You can also email him through the Butte-Silver Bow website at

Council of Commissioners - (406) 497-6219 (leave a message)


For more information about the plight of German homeschoolers, please

Thank you!

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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