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Contrary to what the Church of Scientology affirms, current-day Germany is not a Nazi-like State. It is hard to escape the fact, however, that some of the statements made by German officials, and some of the measures taken, are strikingly similar to what happened during the 1930's, at least in spirit if not in deed

The following statements is a selection taken from a CoS' report. I let the reader judge the appropriateness or inappropriateness of the comparison.


Accusations

World Domination

Jews:
"The striving of the Jewish people for world domination."
                    
Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf
Scientologists:
"Scientology is striving for world domination."
                    
Claudia Nolte, Minister for Youth and Family
                     Affairs, April 1996

 

Jews:
"The Jews are our destruction ... What they mean to achieve by it is to destroy the German state and nation. This plan must be frustrated."
                    
Joseph Goebbels - Reichminister of propaganda,
                     November 1941
Scientologists:
[Scientology pursues] secret campaigns of conquest unknown to the public... we must use all available means to uncover Scientologists. We must resist them.... We must form a chain of defense.
                    
Norbert Bluem, Federal Minister of Labor, May
                     1995

 

Economic Infiltration

Jews:
In economics he [the Jew] undermines the state.
                    
Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf
Scientologists:
Scientology... is secretly undermining the economy.
                    
Norbert Bluem, Federal Minister of Labor, May
                     1995

 

Jews:
The Jewish influence on economic affairs grows with terrifying speed.
                    
Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf
Scientologists:
Scientology wants to infiltrate the trade and the industry in order to get a grip on the economy.
                    
Claudia Nolte, Minister for Family Affairs, January
                     1996

 

A State within the State

Jews:
"Consequently, this people [the Jews] has always formed a state within a state. It is one of the most ingenious tricks that was ever devised, to make this state sail under the flag of "religion.""
                    
Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf
Scientologists:
"It is a state within a state and has to be combated. Each of its members is a citizen of the Scientology state. The aim is to take over the planet."
                    
Ursula Caberta, Hamburg Ministry of the Interior
                     August 10, 1996

 

Ostracism

 

The above pictures come from a
Freedom article.

Jews:
"The most important Chamber of Commerce in Germany has thus become "Jew-free.""
                    
Voelkischer Beobachter (People's Observer) April
                     3, 1933
Scientologists:
"The Young Union [of the Christian Democratic Union] demands, inter alia, that the administration of Lower Saxony becomes a "Scientology-free zone.""
                    
Nord West Zeitung, April 23, 1996

 

Jews:
"Anyone who still maintains social relations with him [the Jew] is one of them."
                    
Joseph Goebbels, Reichminister of Propaganda,
                     November 1941
Scientologists:
"We need an all-out social ostracism of the Scientology sect." Susan Eisenmann, CDU Member of Parliament,
                    
Baden Wuerttemberg, July 1992

 

Discrimination

Civil Service

Jews:
"One of the major reasons why the old Prussian state was such a clean one was that the Jews were granted only a very limited access to the civil service."
                    
Adolf Hitler, Letter to Hindenburg, 1933
Scientologists:
"The Bavarian State government is planning to no longer accept Scientologists in the public service.... Applicants for public service... shall declare, in writing, that they are not connected to Scientology, starting in November."
                    
Der Spiegel magazine, August 12, 1996

 

Jews:
"[T]he Bavarian Ministry of Justice ordered that Jewish judges be replaced in criminal and disciplinary cases and that Jews be prohibited from serving as prosecutors."
                    
from The War Against the Jews, 1933-1945 by Lucy
                     S. Dawidowicz
Scientologists:
"Membership in the Scientology Organization is not compatible with service in the public sector."
                    
Johannes Gerster CDU Party spokesman, June
                     1996

 

Jews:
"Jews are denied the right to hold public office or civil service positions."
                    
Reichminister of Interior Frick, 1933
                     Reichsgesetzblatt, page 277
Scientologists:
"Under the new Bavarian regulations, people who have had links with Scientology in the past ... have to demonstrate renunciation of them in order to qualify for employment falling under state authority...."
                    
Agence France Press, November 1, 1996

 

General

Jews:
"The inhabitants of this village want nothing to do with Jews."
                    
Billboard slogan issued by Nazi District Propaganda
                     Offices in the 1930s
Scientologists:
"The renting of buildings owned by the government to Scientologists or their companies must be prevented. This would constitute some first measures to stop the further spreading of the Scientologists in this city."
                    
Antje Bumenthal, Christian Democratic Union April
                     1991

 

Schools

Jews:
Professor Wolfgang Windelband, a Jewish lecturer, was ordered by his university to leave his position and take an inferior one in another city. He confided to a friend that he would rather resign than make the journey, "If I went, there would be Hitler Youth demonstrations against me, no students would register for my work, and in a few months I would be dismissed."
Scientologists:
A 55-year-old teacher took up a new position in a primary school near Hanover. When it was learned that she is a Scientologist, her classes were boycotted. She was dismissed from teaching and forced to take up an administrative post.

 

Jews:
Students used firecrackers, stink bombs and tear gas to protest lectures by Jewish professors. University administrators expelled not the troublemakers but the professors.
Scientologists:
Using government propaganda against Scientology, a local priest incited the community against a teacher because of her religion, Scientology. Despite an excellent record, the school authorities dismissed her from teaching and she will never hold another class.

 

Jews:
Nazi "enlightenment" aimed at schoolchildren in the 1930s included "Get the Jews Out!"-a game in which Jews were to be driven out of Germany. More than a million copies were sold in 1938.



Scientologists:
The current "enlightenment" campaign of the German government has created new games of prejudice for schoolchildren, such as the art exhibition that incited these intolerant posters.

 

Jews:
"All public offices, whether national, state or municipal, salaried or honorary, are closed to Jews. ...The occupation of lawyer and teacher is closed to them..."
                    
From legislative proposal by Heinrich Class, 1933
Scientologists:
"...the CDU wants ... to ensure that 'members of Scientology are excluded from activities in the public sector, especially... teachers, educators and similar.'"
                    
Christian Democratic Union Regional Chief
                     Johannes Gerster, August 8, 1996

 

Jews:
"Jewish teachers may not give private instruction to German children."
                    
Order of Nuremburg legislation of the Nazi Party
                     October 15, 1936
Scientologists:
"Members of the Church of Scientology are considered not sufficiently reliable by the Federal Employment Agency [to serve as teachers]."
                    
President, State Employment Office, Saarland,
                     March 17, 1995

 

Jews:
"In the coming summer term it will be the duty of every German student to refuse to put his name down for a course of lectures by a Jewish lecturer or to attend one."
                    
Director of Deutsche Studentenschaft, Berlin 1933
Scientologists:
"Membership or support of the Scientology organization by a teacher is highly unsuitable."
                    
Dr. Hirsch, president, Karlsruhe Education Office,
                     1995

 

Art and Sport

Jews:
"Due to demonstrations at the premiere of Catherine the Great in Berlin, the president of the Reich Film Chambers has banned this film which stars Jewish actor Elisabeth Bergner."
                    
Fraenkische Tageszeitung (Fraenken Daily Paper)
                     March 10, 1934
Scientologists:
"We could put the film [Phenomenon, starring Scientologist John Travolta] on the index and prohibit it. I demand that the distributor reconsider putting the film on the market!"
                    
German Federal MP Renate Rennebach, August 25,
                     1996

 

Jews:
"With the agreement of the City Administration, the student union has launched demonstrations and has succeeded in stopping any further showing of the movie Path to a Good Marriage as the movie contains 'badly disguised propaganda for the ideas of Van de Velde'." (Hendrik van de Velde was a doctor whose books were banned by the Nazis in May 1933).
                    
Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (German General
                     Newspaper) July 5, 1933
Scientologists:
"We are trying to prevent people from associating the success of Cruise with Scientology.... I got the idea after I saw the enthusiastic reception John Travolta received at the Berlin film festival, even though he openly admitted he is a Scientologist." [Remmers called for a boycott of the Tom Cruise movie, Mission: Impossible.]
                     Burkhard Remmers, CDU Young Union

For a more recent example, see FactNet call to stop the film Battlefield Earth using the fear-loaded and unsubstantiated allegation that the film contained subliminal messages.. 

 

Jews:
"The attitude of the Minister of Propaganda Goebbels toward the film industry is known throughout the world. He has decreed that no film may be shown in Germany in the production of which a single Jew has been involved as director, stage-manager, actor, singer, dancer, scenario writer, composer, cutter, or sound director."
                    
The Economic Destruction of German Jewry by the
                     Nazi Regime 1933-1937 (published November 1937
                     by the American Jewish Congress)
Scientologists:
"The State is providing funds for the cultural program. In the course of preparing for the cultural program, we had discussions with Mr. [Chick] Corea that were broken off when it was discovered that he is a Scientologist."
                    
Letter from Baden-Wuerttemberg state government
                     spokesman July 2, 1993

 

Jews:
In Canstatt in Württemberg, the Jew Fritz Rosenfelder recently was kicked out of the local Gymnastics Association. This is such a matter of course that one actually doesn't need to talk about it. Jews are Jews and therefore they simply don't belong to the German Gymnastics Association.
                    
Der Stürmer (The Stormtrooper), July 1933
Scientologists:
Herbert Rech, member of the State Parliament of the CDU from Bad Schoernborn, now warns about an infiltration of the sports clubs by Scientologists.... The sports clubs in the district of Karlsruhe should include an incompatibility clause into their statutes, which excludes membership in Scientology....
                    
Badische Neueste Nachrichten, May 5, 1996

 

Justification

Jews:
It is an open secret that the American president, Roosevelt, has surrounded himself with a large number of Jewish advisors. It is not difficult to guess what sort of advice they will whisper into his ears.
                    
Joseph Goebbels, Reichminister of Propaganda,
                     November 1941
Scientologists:
As the reaction in the USA is so vehement, one has to assume that [in] America... strategically important positions are occupied by people who are working according to L. Ron Hubbard's understanding of man.
                    
Cologne City News-August 16, 1996 (Concerning
                     discrimination against Scientologists in Germany)

 

Jews:
It is symptomatic that any measure we take against the Jews is reported the very next day in the British and American press. The Jews, then, even now have their secret lines of communication to the enemy nations.
                    
Joseph Goebbels, Minister of Propaganda
                     November 1941
Scientologists:
At present Scientology is misusing international concern ... to cause serious damage to the reputation of the country [Germany] abroad, with an advertising campaign in influential American newspapers.
                    
Renate Rennebach, Socialist Party spokesperson
                     December 1994

 

Jews:
"[Goering] assured us there was no truth in what you fellows write about persecution of religion here."
                    
An American businessman relating his discussion
                     with Nazi leader Hermann Goering to journalist
                     William Shirer, August 16, 1936, Berlin Diary
Scientologists:
"[The] accusations are totally absurd."
                     German Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin
                     Erdmann (referring to reports by Scientologists of
                     discrimination by German officials)

 

Whatever the worth of this comparison, it does have an interesting aspect. It gives some distances to events that are too close for us to judge adequately.

While, unlike the Jews, the CoS has its share of responsibility to the vigorous reaction it encounters, it remains that the current attitude of German officials are frankly out of place, some of the statements made are outrageous, and some of the measures taken are outright violations of basic civil and human rights.

For more information on that subject, check the Country Report on Human Rights Practices which the U.S. Department of State releases every year through its Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.

It really is so sad that a country who has such a heavy history in the realm of discrimination and ostracism should engage in patterns that seem so strikingly similar. I sincerely hope that at least some Germans will raise up and speak against this mentality.

There is no need to engage in discrimination in order to criticize Scientology. Quite on the contrary, such actions only give a legitimate ground for the CoS to complain against its opponents, and is counter-productive to the real criticism that can be levied against Scientology in the first place.




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This web site is NOT created by a Scientologist. It is created by a Scientology EX-MEMBER who is critical of Scientology. However, this ex-member is ALSO critical of the anti-Scientology movement. This does not make him a Scientologist, nor a defender of Scientology.

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