GB
Upload

Loading icon Loading...

This video is unavailable.

Save the Schlesinger Twins in Vienna

Sign in to YouTube

Sign in with your Google Account (YouTube, Google+, Gmail, Orkut, Picasa, or Chrome) to like Help Beth's video.

Sign in to YouTube

Sign in with your Google Account (YouTube, Google+, Gmail, Orkut, Picasa, or Chrome) to dislike Help Beth's video.

Sign in to YouTube

Sign in with your Google Account (YouTube, Google+, Gmail, Orkut, Picasa, or Chrome) to add Help Beth's video to your playlist.

Published on Nov 26, 2012

On 25th July 2011, twin boys Samuel and Benjamin Schlesinger were just 2 years, 2 months old when they were taken from their mother as she was feeding them supper. Their father, Michael Schlesinger, carried them away in just the clothes they were wearing, seemingly oblivious to their piercing screams. Their British mother, Beth Alexander was given less than half an hour's notice that he had been awarded sole custody. There was no time to pack their clothes or toys; no time to even kiss her sons goodbye.

The judge, Susanne Gottlicher, awarded the British mother no visitation rights. It was 8 weeks before Samuel and Benjamin saw their mother again. Until today, they are only granted minimal contact; once a week for 6 hours and every second Sunday from 9am-5pm. NO overnights, NO weekend visits; although their mother was their main carer and despite documented evidence from eminent child psychologists, children's doctors and social workers that the children were perfectly healthy and well-developed under her care.

The highly irregular custody decision and psychological recommendation on which it was based have been heavily criticised and challenged by an expert team of Austrian legal advisors, medical professionals and social workers in Vienna.

Michael Schlesinger, a trainee doctor, alleged that his Cambridge educated wife, Beth, was 'mentally ill' and that the children were 'retarded'; claims which were wholly unsubstantiated and had been medically disproven. The children are now 3.5 years old. After 16 months with their father, they do not speak, are still in nappies and are extremely disturbed and confused. Yet the judge has ignored the mother's repeated applications for an urgent psychological assessment.

The Austrian courts, without any real justification, have caused Samuel and Benjamin untold psychological trauma and months of unnecessary suffering. These vulnerable boys have been legally abused and denied justice simply because as children, they have no voice.

Loading icon Loading...

Loading icon Loading...

Loading icon Loading...

Loading icon Loading...

Ratings have been disabled for this video.
Rating is available when the video has been rented.
This feature is not available right now. Please try again later.

Loading icon Loading...

Advertisement
Loading...
Working...
to add this to Watch Later

Add to