Chronology of the Events in the Michael Csaszkóczy Case

Michael Csaszkóczy has been politically active since 1989. He has been involved in, among others, the anti-war movement, the Antifascism Initiative Heidelberg, the Autonomous Center Heidelberg and is active throughout Germany for the Rote Hilfe e.V.

02/01/2001 to 07/24/2001: Csaszkóczy completed his teacher traineeship.

12/18/2003: Csaszkóczy received a letter from the Office of the Superintendent of Schools in which he was informed that, based on admissible intelligence from the Ministry of the Interior for the years 1992 through 2002, doubts existed as to his loyalty to the constitution. He would be summoned to an "in-depth employment interview, which would specifically deal with his "membership in" parties or factions" that "pursued unconstitutional goals".

01/10/2004: In answer to Csaszkóczy's telephone inquiry, he is informed that a file from the "Office for the Defense of the Constitution"(so to speak "Bureau of Anti-German Activities") had been available to the Superintendent of Schools since the summer of 2003.

02/02/2004: The Office of the Superintendent of Schools confirms that Csaszkóczy would have been scheduled for employment on its teaching staff as of 02/01/2004.

03/03/2004: Csaszkóczy is allowed to inspect his file for the first time. The "intelligence" from "Office for the Defense of the Constitution", which is available at the present time, relates to the registration of several demonstrations against neo-Nazis and German deployments in wars as well as to interviews, which he held as Speaker of the Autonomous Center Heidelberg. In addition, it also follows from the file on Csaszkóczy that the initiative for the "Ban" did not originate with the Superintendent of Schools but with the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Education and the Arts. The latter is entitled to the final decision as to the employment of Csaszkóczy.

04/21/2004: The hearing at the Office of the Superintendent of Schools takes place. The responsible commission makes it clear that their decision does not depend on Csaszkóczy's specific statements or actions but primarily on his membership in the Antifascism Initiative Heidelberg (AIHD). They require of him that he either profess his support for or dissociate himself from the AIHD's declaration of intentions, which was published on its web site. Csaszkóczy is not prepared to make such a sweeping statement and submits a more differentiated statement.

08/26/2004: Michael Csaszkóczy's lawyer receives a letter from the Office of the Superintendent of Schools, in which he is informed of their decision to reject Csaszkóczy's application for employment in the public school system. The Minister of Education and the Arts, Schavan, promulgates the "Ban"in a press release.

08/29/2004: Michael Csaszkóczy submitted an appeal against the decision.

10/23/2004: Around 1,000 persons demonstrated in Heidelberg against the revival of the German practice of 'Exclusion from Civil Service'.

11/15/2004: Michael Csaszkóczy's appeal against the decision of the Office of the Superintendent of Schools is turned down.

11/30/2004: Michael Csaszkóczy files suit in the Administrative Court in Karlsruhe

08/25/2005: Michael Csaszkóczy is selected by the School Board of the Bergstrasse County for s teaching position in Heppenheim (in the State of Hessen) and receives confirmation of his employment

09/02/2005 Several minutes before the first teacher's conference the Principle receives a telephone call from the School Board forbidding him from employing Csaszkóczy.

09/07/2005: Michael Csaszkóczy receives a letter from the School Board of the Bergstrasse County in which it raises doubts as to his loyalty to the constitution. The Board refers in its justification exclusively to the "Ban from Civil Service" promulgated in the State of Baden-Württemberg.