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Jun 7, 1997 Germany will place Scientology under nationwide surveillance — New York Times
New York Times
BONN, June 6 — The German authorities decided today to place the Scientology movement under nationwide surveillance for one year, their sharpest action yet in a long battle against a group they say is bent on undermining their democratic society. The decision, which critics called authoritarian and impractical, means that Scientologists' mail may be intercepted, their phones tapped and their offices infiltrated by undercover agents posing as adherents. The organization said it would contest the decision in court. By making public ...
Feb 25, 1997 Scientology's "Holocaust" // Is Hollywood on the wrong side in Germany's "Church" vs. state furor? — Salon
BERLIN — “Historically inaccurate and totally distasteful." Strong words from Madeleine Albright, who had good reason to apply them. America's new secretary of State was referring to the widely publicized statement by Oliver Stone, Dustin Hoffman and other Hollywood celebrities equating Germany's current treatment of the Church of Scientology with the Holocaust. When she met with German Chancellor Helmut Kohl last week, Albright was committed to bringing up U.S. "concerns" about Germany's treatment of Scientologists. At the same time, she clearly ...
Feb 14, 1997 Celebrity Scientologists tell Congress Germany persecutes them — Seattle Times
Feb 6, 1997 Germany versus Scientology — Los Angeles Times (California) More:
link Feb 1, 1997 Germany says it will press on with Scientology investigations — New York Times More:
link Feb 1, 1997 Victims or VILLAINS? — The Weekend Australian
Jan 28, 1997 Word War Two — Star magazine
Jan 27, 1997 U.S. challenges German stand on Scientology — Los Angeles Times (California) More: link
Thomas W. Lippman
Los Angeles Times (California)
WASHINGTON — The State Department's annual survey of human rights conditions around the world will contain expanded, toughened language criticizing Germany for restrictions on the Church of Scientology and its members, administration officials say.
The report, to be issued Wednesday, will chastise Germany for what a senior administration official called "a campaign of harassment and intimidation" against the controversial church. He said the United States, seeking to protect religious freedom, has urged Germany through diplomatic channels "not to prosecute people for ...
Jan 27, 1997 U.S. criticizes Germany on Scientology — Washington Post More:
highbeam.com Jan 17, 1997 'Mission' a German hit despite boycott — Los Angeles Times (California) More: link
Mary Williams Walsh
Los Angeles Times (California) Movies: The success of the film, targeted by conservatives because it stars Scientologist Tom Cruise, eases studio fears about releasing other films featuring members of the movement. Despite the much-publicized boycott in Germany of "Mission: Impossible" because its star, Tom Cruise, is a Scientologist, the film grossed about $24 million, considered a huge success for the important German market by Hollywood studios, and ranked eighth in Germany for 1996. The results could help assuage the Hollywood studios that are preparing for ... Jan 15, 1997 U.S. celebrities defend Scientology in Germany — San Francisco Chronicle (California)
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