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EU Parliament 16. January 2008

Boguslaw Rogalski (IND/DEM).  - (PL) Mr President, I should like to alert
the House to violations of human rights by German officials and courts. The
problem relates to Poles who were previously married to German spouses but
are now divorced, and who are treated as no better than paedophiles. The
courts invariably award custody of any children to the German parent, and
take it for granted that the German language and culture are superior to
their Polish equivalents.
'Early Germanisation' and 'children of German descent' were phrases used in
Nuremberg by criminals charged with the Germanisation of Polish children.
Similar phrases are used today by officials working for the Jugendamt, the
German Child and Youth Welfare Office, to justify German-imposed bans on
meetings between Poles and their children. Even if such meetings do take
place, speaking Polish is strictly prohibited, and it is instilled in the
children that everything associated with the Polish language is inferior.
The Jugendamt claims that the Polish language has a negative influence on
the children's education, but such assumptions are racist. Poland has
already experienced a German education system claiming to be superior to all
others at earlier stages of its history.

Is this what passes for respect of human rights in Germany? Such practices
violate one of the European Union's basic principles, namely the promotion
of the linguistic and cultural diversity of its citizens.


EU Parliament: MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION from MEP Rogalski:


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