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msnbc: Tom Cruise: Goebbels of Scientology?

Dienstag, Juli 24th, 2007

Countdown with Keith Olbermann
23 Juli 2007

July 23: A spokesman for the German Protestant Church, Thomas Gandow, says that Mr. Cruise is the „Goebbels of Scientology“, a reference to Josef Goebbels, the minister of propaganda under Adolf Hitler. Scientology expert Doctor David Touretzky discusses.

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„Tom Cruise ist wie GOEBBELS“

Sonntag, Juli 22nd, 2007

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Cruise-Streit nűtzt Scientology

Samstag, Juli 21st, 2007

In der Debatte um Tom Cruise in der Rolle des Hitler-Attentäters Graf von Stauffenberg warnt der Scientology-Experte der evangelischen Kirche vor Verharmlosung der Sekte und nennte Cruise den „Goebbels von Scientology.“

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Germany confirms Cruise can’t film at key site

Montag, Juli 2nd, 2007

Mon Jul 2, 2007 12:11PM BST

By Louis Charbonneau

BERLIN (Reuters) – Makers of a movie about a failed plot to kill Adolf Hitler will not be allowed to use a German memorial site but this is unrelated to the fact that star Tom Cruise is a Scientologist, the Finance Ministry said on Monday.

Defence Minister Franz Josef Jung had made it clear the filmmakers could not shoot at any military sites as long as Cruise plays hero Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg because of his link to Scientology. Berlin regards it as a cult masquerading as a religion to make money, a view Scientology leaders reject.


The American actor has had problems with German authorities due to his membership in Scientology in the past. Stauffenberg’s eldest son said he did not want Cruise to portray his father.


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International Herald Tribune: Tom Cruise’s role as anti-Nazi hero riles some in Germany

Samstag, Juni 30th, 2007

By Michael Cieply and Mark Landler
Friday, June 29, 2007

LOS ANGELES: When the director Bryan Singer decided to cast Tom Cruise as Colonel Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg, the German Army officer who
unsuccessfully tried to blow up Hitler toward the end of World War II, he thought he had dealt with all the possible pitfalls.

There was the knotty matter of accents, but the director figured Cruise and everybody else in the movie „Valkyrie“ would do fine if they spoke unaffected English. The cost of affording the high-wattage Cruise could also be problematic, but the star took the job for a nominal salary, agreeing to get his cut after the tickets were sold – a deal helped by his part-ownership of United Artists, the studio behind the picture.

What Singer did not reckon with is Germany’s extreme wariness of, even hostility toward, Cruise’s religion.


„Scientology is a totalitarian ideology,“ said Berthold Graf von Stauffenberg, the eldest son of Count von Stauffenberg and a retired West German army general. „The fact that an avowed Scientologist like Cruise is supposed to play the victim of a totalitarian regime is purely sick.“


„In Europe, but in Germany especially, we are more sensitive to totalitarian ideologies,“ said Ursula Caberta, the head of a government task force in Hamburg that opposes Scientology’s expansion in Germany.


„Tom Cruise is not just an actor who is a Scientologist,“ Caberta said.  „He is an ambassador for Scientology. All totalitarian systems have their celebrities to open doors for them.“

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