The power plant was offered for 16,000 euros, but its total ineffectiveness has now been proven.

The power plant was offered for 16,000 euros, but its total ineffectiveness has now been proven.

“Because the state withholds free energy from us,” read the homepage for a long time. The power plant was offered for 16,000 euros, but its total ineffectiveness has now been proven. Several lawsuits are pending against the association and its managing director Roberto Reuter, as news from insider circles learns. The association also propagates the “new Germanic medicine” Ryke Geerd Hamers on its homepage under the heading “Health and Nutrition”, who advocated a delusional theory about the development of cancer and in the 1990s, due to the Olivia Pilhar case, to the Austrian media gained dubious fame. The late guru talked the parents of a girl with cancer from chemotherapy because the little patient only had to resolve an internal conflict so that she could recover. The parents fled to Spain with Hamer’s help, Olivia only barely survived and through interventions by then President Klestil.

Under the “Education” section, the Gaia association calls for support for the Lais schools on its homepage. The video of a lecture that Liehmann gave at a major event of the Gaia association in Zell am See in 2014 can be found on YouTube. “I read the Anastasia books when I was 16,” she says, “and I knew there was something to it.” The research showed that the Gaia association wanted to found its own “Gaia Lais School”. Unfortunately, according to Roberto Reuter, nothing came of it. He still considers the Lais schools to be worthy of funding. “We want to offer alternative models,” he says. “The Lais schools are the most attractive alternative on the education market.” Incidentally, the video was uploaded to YouTube by Günter Deutschinger, known as “Roban 2.0”, a central figure in the state refusal scene. He was on trial in April 2016 for refusing to pay the fine for driving too fast and for having run over the foot of a police officer.

When asked about the Gaia association, Alexandra Liehmann replied that apart from this one lecture, there was no collaboration. She does not know whether members of the association will carry on the lais idea, and that is also not important to her. Liehmann acknowledged the allegations of being a “school for state objectors” with a loud, incredulous laugh. “I hear that for the first time. And that’s also complete nonsense. We only researched learning. “

This article originally appeared in the print edition 23 2018

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McQueen’s work tells the true story of the black Solomon Northup (Ejiofor), who was kidnapped, enslaved and tortured in the southern United States in 1841. The eleven-day film festival this year featured 288 films and 78 short films from 70 countries. Germany was represented with 26 films, including documentaries and co-productions. Unlike in Berlin, Cannes and Venice, there is no festival jury in Canada for the winning film.

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Lais schools offer a special form of home education – and promise wonderful things. The sect advice center sees connections to the scene of “state objectors” and to right-wing esotericism. The doors of the Lais headquarters in Klagenfurt were opened for the author as part of an ORF report

Morning meeting in the so-called Lais School in Klagenfurt. A motley crowd is gathered around an old wooden table in front of a flipchart to discuss the daily schedule. A red-haired punk, several young, bearded men in linen shirts, women with small children on their laps. Most of them are “learning guides”, often without any pedagogical training, but with academic titles. Disappointed with the conventional school system, convinced of a seemingly new method: “Lais”. The word comes from the Gothic and means “to pursue knowledge”.

An old castle houses the headquarters of a movement that is seen by some as the fulfillment of all their educational desires, and by others as an esoteric refuge for all sorts of forbidden ideas. Mysterious myths entwine around the origins of the school, whose founder Alexandra Liehmann, who is a psychotherapist from the source profession, promises miracles. For a long time, “Mathematics to the Matura in four weeks” could be read on the homepage, “Learn to read and write in one day” on another. Alexandra Liehmann smiles a broad, naive smile when the interviewer asks her how on earth that should be possible. “The children learn from each other in a natural way. Also across ages. After four days they understand all the Matura material, then they want to know more and more. Because the material doesn’t end with the Matura. ”

Such stories wrest a tired smile from the Carinthian state school supervisor Rudolf Altersberger. The Lais schools come under home education and are not considered schools in the traditional sense. This differs from other alternative models such as Montessori or Waldorf schools. The pupils, who follow the principle of home teaching, have to take a so-called “external exam” every year in order to be allowed to continue in home teaching. The exam must be taken in regular elementary schools or secondary schools, depending on the age group.

Negative record

The principle of home teaching is regulated by law in Austria. External exams are compulsory. “In my long career as a state school supervisor, I have never seen that after a year of homeschooling, I couldn’t pass the exam,” says Altersberger. “In the case of children from the Lais group, however, there were a large number of elementary school students who failed the external exam. That was a negative record for me. ”Faced with these allegations, Alexandra Liehmann replied that it was understandable. After all, the children are not used to studying for exams, but “naturally” exploring the knowledge. Liehmann frankly admits that this sometimes causes problems when taking exams. However, changing that is not the main task, after all, it is about “learning with enthusiasm”. The word enthusiasm is often used. In addition to “joy”, “want to know” and “explore”. The children, it is said, want to joyfully explore knowledge here, want to learn with enthusiasm. Just how this is supposed to work is difficult to see through.

© Private “The children learn from each other in a natural way” Alexandra Liehmann Psychotherapist and founder of the school

Retreat from the world

In general, in this old castle on the outskirts of Klagenfurt, you get the feeling that you are trying to construct a better, more romantic world. We cook together, the cook gets the ingredients from his own vegetable garden, which the children help to manage. The parents are often also learning guides and work next door in the “Lais Business Center”, where “mentoring programs” are offered. Everyone knows everyone here, everyone is enthusiastic about everything the other does. It gives the impression of a retreat from the world.

An impression shared by Ulrike Schiesser from the sect advice center in Vienna. She accuses the Lais schools of a connection to the Russian “Anastasia Movement”, which has a right esoteric background and is based on a novel by the Russian author Vladimir Megre. “The ringing cedars of Russia”, the title of the ten-volume work, is about Anastasia, a fairy who lives in a forest and is supposed to carry all the knowledge of the world within her. In addition to anti-Semitic and nationalist content, the books are also about a school in which children should study at the age of 14 and master many subject areas after a few days: the Schetinin School, located in Tekos on the Black Sea.

Alexandra Liehmann was there and calls the school a “central influence”. Richard Kandlin, a 16-year-old graduate of the Schetinin School, also gave lectures in Klagenfurt. Liehmann vehemently denies any further connections to the Anastasia movement. However, a 2013 homepage entry shows her as the organizer of an Anastasia group in Klagenfurt. “The aim of this Anastasia movement is to retreat to their own country estates and to lead a self-determined life. Also very important is the thought of keeping the children clean of bad influences from society. It is basically a nationalistic and subversive concept, ”said Ulrike Schiesser. “The Schetinin school is part of this Anastasia myth.”

Miracles

And at least one influence of this school can hardly be denied: The “natural learning” in the Lais schools takes place using, among other things, “diagram technique”, a central craft of the Schetinin school: The children collect knowledge on a certain topic together and across all ages . All thoughts and ideas are collated on a flipchart. What is commonly known as brainstorming is intended to enable a new learning experience in the Lais system, inspired by the Schetinin school. And do real miracles. By learning graphs for the biology exam, for example, 17-year-old Jana, according to Alexandra Liehmann, would have learned all the knowledge for the medical entrance exam within a very short time and passed it on to the younger ones. Everyone already calls her “Frau Doktor Jana”.

What is criticized by many and seems hard to believe is the ultimate educational ideal for parents who trust the Lais method. After all, we hear from all the parents we ask that creating enthusiasm is better than following a rigid curriculum. You can criticize everything, especially new and courageous ideas.

The Lais schools are financed by the parents, the school fee is around 200 euros per month. Courses for training to become a “learning companion” or “learning technician”, some of which last several weeks, range between 300 and 500 euros. Anyone who visits the courses and then perhaps founds their own “schools” is not monitored, says Alexandra Liehmann. “That wouldn’t do anything and speak against the Lais idea. Everyone can make their own out of the Lais method because everyone is individual. That’s the nice thing about Lais. “

© Private Motif from the fund of the Russian “Anastasia Movement”, which is supposed to be related to the Lais schools

Problem connection

This openness to participants of all kinds should also have resulted in another connection that does not seem unproblematic. To an Austrian association that calls itself “Gaia” and is referred to by the sect advice center as a “catchment basin for state objectors”. For years, the association tried to sell a buoyancy power plant that would generate energy by itself and function like a perpetual motion machine. “Because the state withholds free energy from us,” read the homepage for a long time. The power plant was offered for 16,000 euros, but its total ineffectiveness has now been proven. Several lawsuits are pending against the association and its managing director Roberto Reuter, as news from insider circles learns. The association also propagates the “new Germanic medicine” Ryke Geerd Hamers on its homepage under the heading “Health and Nutrition”, who advocated a delusional theory about the development of cancer and in the 1990s, due to the Olivia Pilhar case, to the Austrian media gained dubious fame. The late guru talked the parents of a girl with cancer from chemotherapy because the little patient only had to resolve an internal conflict so that she could recover. The parents fled to Spain with Hamer’s help, Olivia only barely survived and through interventions by then President Klestil.

Under the “Education” section, the Gaia association calls for support for the Lais schools on its homepage. The video of a lecture that Liehmann gave at a major event of the Gaia association in Zell am See in 2014 can be found on YouTube. “I read the Anastasia books when I was 16,” she says, “and I knew there was something to it.” The research showed that the Gaia association wanted to found its own “Gaia Lais School”. Unfortunately, according to Roberto Reuter, nothing came of it. He still considers the Lais schools to be worthy of funding. “We want to offer alternative models,” he says. “The Lais schools are the most attractive alternative on the education market.” Incidentally, the video was uploaded to YouTube by Günter Deutschinger, known as “Roban 2.0”, a central figure in the state refusal scene. He was on trial in April 2016 for refusing to pay the fine for driving too fast and for having run over the foot of a police officer.

When asked about the Gaia association, Alexandra Liehmann replied that apart from this one lecture, there was no collaboration.