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German Jugendamt unlawfully blocks father’s contact with children

The unlawful abduction of my children John-Michael and Sebastian Hickman from Durban South Africa to Wilhelmshaven Germany in November 1995

September 12, 2009

by Michael Hickman

On the 29 November 1995 my two children disappeared without my knowledge or permission together with their German born mother from our home in Durban South Africa.

The first knowledge I had of their whereabouts was obtained from a letter written to me in German sent to me from a then unknown German institution known as Jugendamt. The letter demanded child support from me for my children that had been unlawfully abducted from my home a few weeks earlier.

Six months passed and although I had spent thousands of South African Rands on lawyers both in South Africa and Germany I had not been able to gain contact to my children, I therefore finally decided to travel to Germany.

On arrival in Wilhelmshaven Germany I went to the florist shop belonging to my wife’s parents to ask were my children were to be found, there I was greeted with hostility and within minutes two police officers arrived dressed in camouflage uniforms and carrying sub-machine guns. I was promptly arrested for disturbance of the peace. Hours later after paying a considerable amount of bail I was set free, my next stop was the office of the German Jugendamt. Although they knew where my wife and children were and had telephone contact to her they would not assist me in gaining contact to my children neither would they tell me where to find them.

Two weeks later the matter finally went to court and within the first five minutes of the court hearing I realised that my attorney was not representing my interests but those of the German parent and the German Jugendamt so I told him to sit down and keep quiet. At the proceedings the German Jugendamt demanded of the judge that I have no contact to my children whatsoever because I could possibly abduct them and take them back to South Africa. (The fact that my children had been abducted to Germany in contravention of Germany law by the German parent a crime that I later discovered has a maximum sentence of up to five years appeared to not  be taken notice of by the judge, my attorney or the representative of the Jugendamt). I finally after over two hours of debate I was granted the right to see my children on three occasions each time for one hour under the supervision of the Jugendamt.

At that point in time little did I know what supervised contact by the Jugendamt meant until I arrived at the offices of the Jugendamt and was locked into a very small upstairs room and put under guard by two social workers of the Jugendamt. A half hour later my children arrived, the door was opened and they were brought into the room, the door was again firmly locked and in addition guarded from outside as well. During my one hour with my children who were terrified by the experience I was not allowed to speak English to them. At the end of the one hour the door was opened and my children were taken away under guard, I was again locked up with two guards inside and a number outside the door for about half an hour. These actions I later discovered constitute a criminal act in Germany with a sentence of up to ten years in jail. Again my lawyer even after I complained to him was quite happy with the situation he certainly did not advise me of the criminal aspect of what has occurred to both me and my children, he certainly did not advise me to take criminal action against the social workers of the Jugendamt, he was clearly in collusion with them.

After I returned to South Africa I was once again denied all access to my children via the telephone. All further attempts to have contact to them both on visits to Germany and via the telephone were denied on the recommendation of the Jugendamt in Wilhelmshaven.

In November 1999 I again travelled to Germany to attempt to gain access to my children which failed as a result of the recommendations made to the family court by the German Jugendamt in Wilhelmshaven. While in Wilhelmshaven I was approached by the police officer Dieter Has, the third of the meetings with him were held in the offices of the Jugendamt under the supervision of the psychiatrist Renate Terlinden. (I later discovered on gaining access to my Jugendamt file that police inspector Has had been commissioned to carry out the terror tactics against me by Rita Eden-Reske of the Jugendamt) The object of the meetings was clearly to attempt to intimidate me by means of psycho-terror, I was instructed by police officer Dieter Has to return to South Africa never to return to Germany, to abandon all attempts to gain access to my children and to make sure that I send regular child support payments to the Jugendamt Wilhelmshaven for the upkeep of my children. Police inspector Has warned me that if I did not heed his warning that he would personally see to it that if I ever should be unwise enough to return to Germany that I would be arrested on trumped up charges such as the possession of drugs and that I would be sent to jail for a considerable period of time. I reported these facts to my German attorney who did absolutely nothing about the matter. On returning to South Africa I wrote a full report on the matter which I sent to the South African Government representative to International Social Services for her information and action. My report with a covering letter was send to International Social Services in Germany for information and comment.

In April 2000 I travelled without prior announcement together with my mother to Wilhelmshaven, Germany in a further attempt to see my children. The Jugendamt Wilhelmshaven soon got word of my visit and within no time at all I was arrested by the German police on the grounds of insult (Beleidigung). Apparently the social worker of the Jugendamt in charge of my case, Rita Eden-Reske had felt insulted because of my report on the terror tactics used on me by police inspector Has. I believe that it was a further attempt to intimidate me into giving up my campaign to gain access to my children. I was released from custody after having paid a very large amount to bail. I handed over the bail money with the firm understanding that I would only do so provided that I could personally represent my case before court in Germany.

In July 2001 I returned to Germany to participate in a hunger strike at the Alexanderplatz in Berlin together with a group of other foreign parents who were also victims of the German “Regime” in order to bring the international spotlight on the blatant violations of fundamental freedoms and human rights as well as the total denial of both international and local legal rights by the “Regime”. After spending three weeks on hunger strike were where finally received by representatives of the German government and political establishment, we were made many promises, none of which have been fulfilled to this date. While in Germany I attempted to find out what had happed in connection with the charge of insult made against me and when I could expect a hearing only to discover that my trial had been held without me being present, without me having legal representation. I had been found guilty and charged the exact amount as I had paid bail. All attempts to gain a copy of the sentence have failed to date. All requests for an explanation as to how I could be tried in my absence have gone unanswered. In 2006 I applied for and gained a police clearance from Germany, which  stated that I have a clean record all attempts to get a refund on my bail money have also failed.

While in Germany following the hunger strike armed with the assurances given by the German Government and German politicians I once again scheduled a court hearing in Wilhelmshaven in an attempt to gain access to my children. The family court of Wilhelmshaven granted me the right to meet with my children once for three hours once again under the supervision of the Jugendamt Wilhelmshaven. This meeting was to take place one day before my intended return to South Africa.  A few hours before the intended meeting with my children I received a phone call from Rita Eden-Reske of the Jugendamt Wilhelmshaven to inform me that the meeting with my children had been cancelled indefinitely. I immediately cancelled plans to return to South Arica and decided to stay in Germany until I had resolved the issue of contact to my children who had until this time been held virtual hostages in Germany by the Jugendamt in close co-operation with the district court of Wilhelmshaven. In all I remained in Germany three and a half years without gaining official access to my children even although most of the time I lived directly across the road from them. On the odd occasion that my children dared to make contact to me and it was discovered they were subjected to severe punishment such as house arrest for long periods of time without being allowed to view television, Play computer games of have friends visit them. I have been told on good authority that this under strict instructions from the Jugendamt.

As I had long suspected that my German lawyers had been misrepresenting me I took over handling my legal affairs myself. When I finally was give permission to review my family court file I was shocked to see to what extent my lawyers had double crossed me, therefore my advice to any foreigner with similar problems never trust your own german lawyer, only use one if you absolutely have to do so and then keep him on a very short leash.

Once again I took the matter to court this time being self represented, once again I and my children were denied justice, the strategy of the court was forced to alter, and they simply moved the goal posts so that I could not gain justice. When the Family court Judge Martin Staubwasser realised that he could not hold out much longer against my attacks against his denial of justice he drastically altered his tactics. Judge Staubwasser appointed the psychiatrist Dr. Heinz Winterscheid of the state psychiatric hospital Wehnen to do a family psychological assessment of me to determine if I was a fit parent to have access to my children.  As I was very suspicious of the circumstances

surrounding the appointment of Dr Winterscheid and the brief that he had been given him I wrote a letter to the court informing them that I could meet with Dr Winterscheid on certain days and times and that I would be accompanied by a private psychiatrist of my choosing and that further still I would have a cameraman digitally record the entire interviews and put a copy on the family court file. As a result of my letter Judge Martin Staubwasser tried every tactic possible to force me to see Dr Winterscheid without my witnesses and without digitally recording the entire interviews. Finally he ordered that Dr Winterscheid do a psychiatric assessment of me in my absence, which he did. Based on the 15 page psychiatric report done on me in my absence judge Martin  Staubwasser simply went ahead and ordered that I have no access to my

eldest child John-Michael until he was adult and to Sebastian until the end of 2007.

The fiasco of the psychological assessment that was made without the psychiatrist Dr Heinz Winterscheid ever having set eyes on me soon became know to the German psychiatrist Dr Klempel who came to Wilhelmshaven at his own cost to meet me and to make an independent psychiatric assessment of me. In his 64 page assessment of me he very clearly states that he found no psychiatric abnormalities and could furthermore find no reason whatsoever why I should not have access to my children.

Armed with the psychiatric assessment made by Dr Klempel I again made representation to the family court of Wilhelmshaven in November 2004. Up till today the 11.09.2009 I have not been able to get this matter on the agenda. No doubt it is just too hot for Judge Staubwasser to handle.

In this particular case here has very clearly been a blatant example of criminal collusion between Dr Uwe Biester the lawyer representing the children’s mother, the family court judge Martin Staubwasser and the psychiatrist Dr Heinz Winterscheid of the state psychiatric hospital Wehnen in regards to doing a psychiatric assessment of me in my absence and then using the assessment to deny me access to my children. It could not have been done in a more blatant manner.

Hello, this is Don Hank interrupting Michael’s story momentarily. I am sure you are hopping mad by now, and as in the case of the Swedish boy snatched from the plane (our story was later picked up by Bob Unruh od WorldNetDaily, BTW–praise the Lord!), there is something you can do about this now. There is more to this story, but please read this first:

The responsible persons in my case in Germany can be contacted by email at the following addresses.

Jugendamt Wilhelmshaven

Carsten Feist

Rita Eden-Reske

Mayor of Wilhelmshaven

Eberhard Menzel

Family Court Wilhelmshaven 

Richter Martin Staubwasser

Dr. Uwe Biester


Please bring this evil situation regarding child abduction to Germany to the attention of the entire world

President of the European Parliament.

Prof. Jerzy Buzek

And to anyone else who may be able to help the thousands of families both foreign and German who are the victims of the German Regime and its family police known as Jugendamt

Now back to Michael’s story:

Let me explain the situation more clearly to you, Dear Reader.

This entire episode was played out under the watchful eye and close supervision of Dr Uwe Biester who is the lawyer who represents the children’s mother. Dr Biester simply closed his eyes to what was going on although I made the fact know far and wide and reaped the benefits by winning his case for his client.

Dr Uwe Biester on the one hand in his civil capacity practices law and represents his clients in court in Wilhelmshaven where Martin Staubwasser is a family court judge.

On the other hand Dr Uwe Biester is a very prominent political figure in Wilhelmshaven, in his political capacity he is a member of parliament, where he sits on the law commission. Therefore one of his portfolios is law and order where he is partly responsible for appointing and promoting judges in addition to being the law and order watchdog. In effect he is the boss of the presiding judge in this case judge martin Staubwasser. I see this as a very clear and serious conflict of interest that would be highly illegal certainly in South Africa, New Zealand and I presume any other modern western democracy in the World, clearly this is not the case in modern Germany.

Dr Uwe Biester very clearly abuses  the system to influence the decisions of judge to further the interests of his law practice and to has done so to deny both me and my children justice in fact he has blatantly and deliberately committed a heinous crime against us.

Furthermore Dr Uwe Biester knows that judge Martin Staubwasser has refused to process my application to court and to give me a court hearing in regards to the psychiatric assessment made by Dr Klempel since November 2004. Possibly he has done so on orders from Dr Uwe Biester as I clearly have all the aces and it could open a huge can of worms if it went to trial.

Two weeks after my eldest son John-Michael turned 18 he made contact to me in South Africa. Since then he has visited me twice in South Africa, unfortunately he has been damaged for life by those who had the best interests of the child at heart in Germany. Those who believed that the South African father whould be a bad influence on the child. Instead of having been brought up in a loving caring Christian environment he was brought up as a German. He under the good influence of the German regime and the German Jugendamt has learned to become dependant on large amounts of alcohol. He experiments with all manner of drugs, he is obsessed with having sex with mostly very young girls, he is a declared paganist, he is also deeply involved in the death metal, black metal cult.

Since the first visit of John-Michael to South Africa I made application via The Hague Convention article 21 to have access to and knowledge of Sebastian so that I can try to attempt to avoid him landing up in the same situation as his brother. I very unfortunately have to report that the German “Regime” has once again gone out of it’s was to delay and hinder proceedings. The Jugendamt Wilhelmshaven has once again recommended that I have no access to Sebastian who is almost 16 years of ago. 14 years later I have still not gained access to my youngest son Sebastian, 14 years later the Jugendamt Wilhelmshaven is still doing all in its power to deny me access to Sebastian.

The result of the unlawful abduction of my children to Germany and their being held virtual hostage by the “Regime” for so long has been that they have been damaged for life. They have been culturally alienated, they have been alienated against their English roots, language and family, there is only one fitting term to describe the situation. My children have been germanised and made into freaks of modern German society. The situation would have been far different if they had been allowed contact to and been allowed the loving caring influence of their foreign roots and culture.

To further inform the reader as best I can in regards to child abductions to Germany and the role of the family police known as Jugendamt I have added the following

This case is very typical for what goes on in most child abduction cases to Germany and there are thousands of them that I know of.

To start with to help with understanding the situation as regards child abductions to Germany and the subsequent holding of the children as virtual hostage until their germanisation has been successfully completed where they become their own jailers never allowing themselves to escape the prison camp Germany. Something I have not mentioned in the body of the report is the fact that my fight from day one has not been a fight with the German mother. From day one the german Jugendamt declared war on me and my family, my fight has from day one been with the German regime in particular there family police know as Jugendamt. In fact it would appear that the German parents have no say in these matters that they are dictated to by the family police know as Jugendamt. For instance from day one I was instructed to pay child support to the Jugendamt and not to the mother. In this manner the family police know as Jugendamt have a hold over the german parent because they then hand over the money to the German parent with strings attached.

For instance to this day the children’s mother has made no allegations against me as to why she left me and abducted the children to Germany, she has given no explanation as to why she has prevented me access to the children. She has aired no dirty washing at all nor has she tried to fabricate anything negative against me the foreign parent, not that there was any dirty washing that I know of to air.

To date no one that I know of has been able to get the reason for the children’s mother having left me  or why she has prevented me access to our children all these years. The only answer that I have ever been able to obtain from her, the only answer my mother was ever able to get from her was that if she told us we would not understand.

In April 2000 as mentioned earlier I went unannounced to Germany together with my mother. Within 2 days my mother was able to convince the children’s mother to allow her to stay with her and my children in their apartment and a day later she was able to convinced the children’s mother to allow me to have access to our children. For just over two weeks the children’s mother picked me up from where I was staying before breakfast at 0800 in the morning and took me back to where I was staying mostly after midnight. I had full and free access to my children, on one occasion the children’s mother went out all day together with my mother leaving me alone with our children, she even gave me a key to her apartment. My mother told me that on more than one occasion she overheard conversations between the children’s mother and social workers of the Jugendamt in Wilhelmshaven, from what she was able to overhear and from what the children’s mother told her they were putting extreme pressure on her not to allow me to have access to our children. After we left and went back to South Africa, the Jugendamt apparently put overpowering pressure on the children’s mother under which she once again cut off all contact between me and our children, she even stopped sending photos of my children to my mother and allowing them to phone her and my father because I was not to be allowed to see photos of or have information in regards to my children.

I can not prove it but I am most certain that in my case and in most if not all others cases  the German family police known as Jugendamt is the one who forbids and ensures that there is no contact between the children that have been abducted and unlawfully held hostage in Germany and their foreign families.

It is so sad to see what they have done to John-Michael who is now an adult. It is even worse to see what they are still doing to my minor son Sebastian and I am not allowed to have any contact to him to give him some positive direction in life because of a band of criminals dressed up as politicians, family court judges and social workers..

Clearly the German regime is afraid that I may pass on some of my good Christian morals and principles to him and teach him to be a free spirit and lateral thinker like myself.

Please do what you can to help my children and the many, many thousand other foreign children who have been abducted to and are being held hostage in Germany by the German „Regime”.

Please pray for my children

The responsible persons in my case in Germany can be contacted by email at the following addresses.

Jugendamt Wilhelmshaven

Carsten Feist

Rita Eden-Reske

Mayor of Wilhelmshaven

Eberhard Menzel

Family Court Wilhelmshaven 

Richter Martin Staubwasser

Dr. Uwe Biester


Please bring this evil situation regarding child abduction to Germany to the attention of the entire world

President of the European Parliament.

Prof. Jerzy Buzek

And to anyone else who may be able to help the thousands of families both foreign and German who are the victims of the German Regime and its family police known as Jugendamt


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One Response to “German Jugendamt unlawfully blocks father’s contact with children”

  1. Michael Hickman Says:
    September 15th, 2009 at 12:06 am

I live in Durban, South Africa I can be contacted at, by telephone at +27 31 5682332, mobile at +27 820612593 or skype at michaelhickman


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