Tuesday, January 22, 2008


German academic compares Tom Cruise to Goebbels
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BERLIN (AFP) — Respected German historian Guido Knopp has compared a speech by US actor Tom Cruise to the Church of Scientology with a call to war by Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels.

In remarks described by the movement as "horrendous and disgraceful," Knopp, an expert on World War II history, said in an interview with Bild am Sonntag newspaper: "Tom Cruise's manner calls to mind Goebbels."

The historian was commenting on a video recording of a rousing sermon Cruise delivered to fellow Scientology members four years ago that was recently posted on the Internet.

The "Mission Impossible" star is seen asking fellow members of the church: "Should we clean this place up?"

Knopp said it was bound to remind Germans of Goebbels' notorious call for "total war" issued in Berlin on February 18, 1943.

"It is possible that the way in which Cruise speaks is common in many empowerment circles in the United States," he said.

"But the scene in which Cruise asks if the Scientologists should clean up the world and they all respond 'yes' will remind any German with an interest in history of Goebbels' infamous Sports Palace speech."

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