Tom Cruise Nazi film sparks Scientology row with Germany

Daily Mail | Jun 26, 2007

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Cruise preaching from the pulpit

Tom Cruise has been banned from making a film in Berlin about a plot to kill Adolf Hitler because the German government says his belief in Scientology is akin to Nazism.

The Hollywood star is set to play Count Claus von Stauffenberg, who almost succeeded in assassinating the Nazi leader in 1944.

The project is due to start production next month but the Germans fear Cruise will use the film, which he is co-producing, as a public relations vehicle for Scientology, which many of the country’s politicians have compared to Nazism.

The German government claims it masquerades as a religion to make money, a charge Scientology leaders reject.

The country has fought against the sect for a decade. It is even under observation by the Federal Agency for the Protection of the Constitution, a body that usually hunts spies, terrorists and neo-Nazis.

One of Germany’s few war heroes, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg had been deeply opposed to the Nazis’ treatment of the Jews and planted a briefcase bomb under a table near Hitler in his Wolf’s Lair headquarters on July 20, 1944. The bomb went off but only wounded the Fuehrer.

Two hundred of his conspirators were also arrested and killed.

German Defence Minister Franz-Josef Jung has ruled that Cruise should not be allowed to film in the inner courtyard of his ministry where von Stauffenberg was shot.

A Defence Ministry spokesman said: “The film makers will not be allowed to film at German military sites if Count Stauffenberg is played by Tom Cruise, who has publicly professed to being a member of the Scientology cult.

“In general, the German military has a special interest in the serious and authentic portrayal of the events of July 20, 1944 and Stauffenberg as a person.”

However, Cruise’s film producing partner, Paula Wagner, chief executive of United Artists Entertainment, said Cruise’s “personal beliefs have absolutely no bearing on the movie’s plot, themes or content.”

She added: “We believe the film will go a long way toward reminding the world that even within the ranks of the German military, there was real resistance to the Nazi regime.”

The film, to be released next year, will be directed by Bryan Singer and co-star Kenneth Branagh. It is called Valkyrie after Operation Valkyrie, the plot’s codename.

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6 responses to “Tom Cruise Nazi film sparks Scientology row with Germany

  1. Dennis Sylvia

    All leaders belive in devine intervention but when we play god that when god rules.
    To believe that all people born with a disabilty should be distroyed to create a master race. Look at the mind of Stephen Hawkins one of worlds deep thinker in the scientific community. When one rises to great hights one falls very fast as in the music industry entertianer. One asks for wisdom an ruled an justly.

  2. to Dennis Sylvia: I’m totally with you on that one but you might want to use a spell check. (no pun intended)

  3. Tom Cruise appears to have fallen like George Reeves when Reeves was dropped doing “flying” as “Superman”.Cruise’s problem may be from a head injury. Sometimes stars do minor stunts and get banged up. As for Madonna, she is into something akin to “occult Judism” if such a thing exists. One can make any belief “occult” by modifying basic tenants of the belief. Jack Lemon played a scientologist attempting to rescue his son from a foreign prison…powerful brilliant performance esp since he was NOT a Scientologist in real life.
    Cruise is almost a Christian? Many see Scientology as a “cult” but then peculiarities mark many religions as “cults” from an outsider perspective.

  4. Scientology is an offshoot of Crowley’s OTO. It has been used towards creating a one-world “Church of God Galactic” by “religious engineers” such as William Sims Bainbridge who is also an apologist for the Process Church. Google all the above and confirm it for yourself.

  5. Clockwork Orange in Augsburg

    If tastefully done, this movie could be a bold turning point as a Hollywood documentation/thriller representing an intelligent interpretation of extreme autrocity that had developed in world history. Tom Cruise will learn a valuable lesson in exchanging this information and it’s his responsibility along with directorship, production and editing that the real story of Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg has merit and respect for humanity but also the German culture. When we take a good look into US history, Germany undoubtedly contributed to the heartbeat of America. By 1933, German immigration of leading German scientists, writers, musicians, scholars, and other artists and intellectuals had to immigrate to the United States to escape persecution and power of Adolf Hitler in Germany. But years later in 1983, for example, Congress had noted “the immeasurable … contributions to this country (US) by millions of German immigrants over the past three centuries claiming a “Tricentennial Anniversary Year of German Settlement in America.” Today, over 58 million Germans decendents live in America. It would definately do great honor between the relationship of German decendents in America and Germany when this film is represented with care.

  6. Tom Cruise, nice looking dude, but, he thinks he is the best thing since the invention of sliced cake!

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