National Louis University, Heidelberg, Germany |
|B. S. Liberal Arts,
Sociology & Psychology, Regents College, New York, USA |
of English/German, Darmstadt, Germany|
I am holding a Masters's Degree in Education
in Heidelberg, Germany (former name: National Teacher's College),
and a Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Arts with majors in
Sociology and Psychology
from Excelsior College, New York
(former name: Regents College).
- From 2021 on I am providing Equine Assisted Therapy on my farm
for our Veterans,
helping with PTSD, trust, self-esteem, interpersonal communication and anxiety.
I am a retired member of the
American Association of
Teachers of German.
By the Texas State Board for Educator Certification I am
certified to teach
German language, Psychology and Sociology.
I am authorized by the German Government as
a "Certified Translator
of the German
and English Language",
and I hold a
Certificate of Proficiency in English from the
University of Cambridge, Great Britain.
Before teaching High School, I worked as a free-lance Translator
for the languages German and English and in Adult Education:
- From 1991-1999 I taught classes in German language, as well as
Functional Academic Skills in English language and Remedial Mathematics,
at the U.S. Army Education Center in Darmstadt, Germany.
- From 1990-1994 I taught basic and advanced German language courses
at Big Bend Community College
in Bad Kreuznach, Germany.
- From 1987-1994 I taught classes in English language at the
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I first learned about accounting and income taxes in Germany in 1971-1973,
as a part-time accounting apprentice to a Certified Public Accountant.
From 2007 on I prepared individual income taxes for a Jackson Hewitt franchisee,
reviewed individual income taxes for a Liberty Tax franchisee,
prepared individual income taxes for Certified Public Accountant companies.
As an Enrolled Agent I use my expertise also to provide high-quality tax assistance
at no cost to low- and moderate-income clients and the elderly.
From 2010 on I volunteer for the IRS programs
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and
Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) as a tax preparer and quality reviewer.
I grew up in post World War II Germany, when "the shadow of the Nazi regime" could still be felt.
In my late twenties I started to read a lot. I discovered that the constitution of the German state
I was living in was modeled after the American constitution - it looked good on paper but it did not reflect reality!
None of the prerequisites: morality, ethics and values necessary for a functioning democracy were ever installed in Germany.
I arrived at the disappointing realization, that the Germans never changed after 1945:
- Decades after 1945 there is still no sign of deep soul-searching in Germany,
no searching for the cause of the Holocaust and for a solution so that it could not happen again.
Instead, in utter irony the questioning of the still non-processed Holocaust is turned into a criminal offense in Germany
and by now most Germans believe that their grandparents had not been involved in the Holcaust
or had opposed the racist policies of Nazism. Nothing to see here.
- Dating back to the harsh Prussian parenting techniques,
the Nazi ideal of the emotionally unavailable mother was not reversed after 1945,
and as a consequence, German children until today continue to be subjected to emotional abuse
and raised to become avoidant/dismissing attached adults.
- The touted "Re-Education" of Germans after the end of World War II
and the "De-Nazification" did not succeed.
The German mind was not changed in the transition from Nazi Germany to the Federal Republic of Germany.
Ethics and values necessary for a functioning democracy were never installed in any German institution
and the caste-like rigid German social class system remains unchanged.
- The German judicial system was not thoroughly cleansed of its authoritarian core and of the taint of the Nazi time.
After the precedent set in the 1930s when German citizenship could legally be stripped from a group of 550.000 Germans,
and German judges were no longer deciding cases on the base of law, but searched their soul for: "whatever is good for the Nation",
the feeling of security and of the reliance on lawful judiciary process in Germany is still wanting.
- Since the German school system after World War II was not changed
and adapted to teach the essential tools for a democracy,
after the end of World War II Germans did not miraculously turned full-fledged Democrats,
but the German political system after 1945 retained its authoritarian core and
just reverted back to the Weimar attempts at Democracy.
I regret not being able to wait more than half a century for the anticipated changes to finally materialize in Germany.
Since I wanted to experience in my lifetime a REAL democracy, and wanted my descendants to grow up and be educated in a REAL democracy,
I moved from Germany to the United States in 1999.
From 1973 to 1998 I worked as a computer scientist
at the Deutsches Rechenzentrum,
National Research Center for Information Technology,
My professional emphasis was on portability of software,
on compatibility between computer systems,
and I continue to view and support the "World Wide Web" concept as a set of open,
global, independent, portable specifications that were never intended
to be abused and perverted by certain software and hardware manufacturers.
I am a retired Certified Computing Professional
with 25 years of experience with computers and software. I hold
ICCP proficiency certificates
for Business Information Systems and for the programming languages
BASIC, COBOL, PASCAL, and C++.
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