More about Germany and Scientology.
Note: This page contains many false and libellous allegations. I am distancing myself from them. They are published as a historic record only.
GERMANS AND AMERICANS AGAINST DISCRIMINATION
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New York, NY 10018
HAMBURG STATE GOVERNMENT FUNDING DISCRIMINATORY PRACTICES
A recent letter to GAAD from a German businessman has revealed
a shocking practice that is apparently being condoned by the
The writer, an established businessman in Berlin who chooses
to remain anonymous, has reported that he was required to sign a
"Scientology disclaimer" form before a large real estate company in
Berlin would agree to do business with him.
These "disclaimer" forms, according to reliable sources, are
provided by Ms. Ursula Caberta, who heads the anti-Scientology
working group based in Hamburg under the Hamburg Ministry of
It also appears that the Berlin Chamber of Commerce has
published information on these forms in one of their periodicals.
In fact, Ms. Caberta has gone so far as to promote these
forms in a speech to businessmen in Bremen as a "solution" to the
"infiltration" of businesses by members of the Church of
Scientology. One wonders whether Caberta will be issuing similar
disclaimer forms for members of the Jewish faith or Catholics to
prevent the takeover of Germany businesses by members of these
These discriminatory practices by German officials must
cease. If you are aware of similar practices going on, please send
us your story. We are in the process of collecting all of the
facts on this subject.
Below is a reprint of a previous article on this issue...
IS HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF?
In the wake of the horrors of Nazi Germany, under the watchful
eye of the allied powers, a German constitution was forged which
mandated that regardless of race, color or creed, all citizens
shall have the right to practice the religion of their choice:
You are a productive citizen who runs a small business which
you created using your own hard work and initiative. One day you
arrive to work to find out that the Minister of Labor in the
country in which you live has has just decreed that your business
will no longer be allowed to be licensed by the state due to your
religion. He later declares that members of the religion should be
banned from occupations which intersect with society. The
reasoning is based on false and unsupported charges and is part of
a campaign to ban your religion.
This decree is accompanied by a nation wide smear campaign in
the press in which members of your religion are depicted as demons
and ogres. Suddenly, people you once knew will no longer speak to
you and are told by government officials not to do business with
you. The business which you worked hard to build collapses.
As such a discriminatory decree is against the country's
constitution, you decide to file suit with the little money you
have left only to be faced with a prejudiced panel of judges who
have been subjected to "enlightenment" briefings as part of
government sponsored campaign against your religion.
You are recognized on the street as a member of this religion
and are physically threatened and subjected to verbal abuse. Your
property is defaced with hate filled graffiti.
Still being a loyal citizen, you attempt to join a political
party so as to have a voice against the ruling governmnent's
oppression only to find that all the political parties have banned
members of your religion from participation.
If this sounds like a Jew in pre-war Germany, you are only
partially correct; this is exactly what is going on in Germany
today but the members of the minority are not Jews but
Article 3.3: "No one may be discriminated against because of
his sex, his heritage, his race, his language, his birthplace, his
beliefs, his religious or political ideologies."
Article 4:1: "The freedom of faith, of conscience, and the
freedom of religious and ideological beliefs are inviolable."
Article 4:2: "The undisturbed practice of religion is
The guarantees in the German constitution are under serious
attack today, not from a foreign power but from a German offical by
the name of Ursula Caberta, head of "Working Group" established by
Hamburg's Senate in the Ministry of Interior to target Scientology.
Amongst other things Caberta:
These are the facts:
- routinely advocates the blacklisting of artists and
encourages economic boycotts of businessmen based on their
- advocates an official policy which forces government
employees to sign statements that they are not members of a certain
- criticized a foreign government for not shutting down a
school set up for children were ostracized from Germany due to
their religion and their parents forced to set up a private school
outside the border of Germany?
- initiated a three year criminal investigation against a
religious group which was dropped with no charges being brought and
then decided that new laws were needed which made the religious
practices of this group illegal, in order to then find them guilty
of a crime?
Caberta's Working Group on Scientology, was established in
1991 by a motion from Caberta herself who, at that time was a
member of the Hamburg Senate. Caberta then got herself appointed
to the job at several times the pay. The Hamburg taxpayers
contribute one million deutschemarks annually to fund Caberta's
office which is directly used to further a hate campaign against
the Scientologists. Incidents created by this campaign of hate and
prejudice abound. Just a few examples follow:
The Inquiry Commission is planning to draft a revision to
Article 4 of the German constitution regarding religious freedom,
which would clarify which religions are afforded this protection
under the constitution. The Commission, which is expected to
present an intermediate report in mid-1997 and conclude its work in
Spring 1988, seeks to achieve a prohibition of Scientology and
other religious movements in Germany.
- In March 1992, the city government in Hamburg notified the
Church of Scientology that it would refuse to rent out any public
halls to the Church.
- Caberta used her position as a city official to promote that
banks, businesses and chambers of commerce "protect" themselves
against Scientologists by introducing forms to be signed by
business partners declaring they do not endorse the teachings of
L.Ron Hubbard, founder of the Scientology religion, but explicitly
- In early 1992, a computer firm owned by a member of the
Church of Scientology was infiltrated, computer discs were stolen
and turned over to Caberta, and the plant then filed a penal
complaint against the company.
- In 1993 a book was published entitled, "The Merchant of
Hamburg," which laid bare the groundless attempts by the Hamburg
government to generate an atmosphere of hate against Scientologists
and then strip them of all civil rights. In an effort to
retaliate, a criminal complaint was filed against Church members.
Soon after the book appeared, German police launched a raid on the
printing plant, seized all copies of the book and impounded its
printing plate so the book could not be reprinted. When the
criminal court reviewed the case, it saw nothing wrong and
subsequently dismissed the case.
- In May 1993, the City of Hamburg published an
anti-Scientology propaganda pamphlet called, "Scientology,
Labyrinth of Illusions," which contained uniformly inaccurate and
derogatory information attacking Scientology and its adherents.
The pamphlet was financed and distributed by as an official
government publication across the country.
- Since 1993, world famous jazz musician Chick Corea has been
banned from performing in Germany at state-sponsored events because
of his religious affiliation with the Church of Scientology.
- In October 1995, Baden-Wurttemberg established a "Sect
Advisory Council" in the Ministry of Culture to intensify the
"enlightenment" campaign so as to further the goal of Caberta and
her followers to ban Scientology. The same month the Young Union
staged a demonstration for the press against Scientology.
- In July 1996, the Young Union in the state of Niedersachsen
called for a boycott all over Germany for the movie "Mission
Impossible," due to the religious affiliation of the star of the
film, Tom Cruise, with the Church of Scientology.
- Examples of individual Scientologists who have been
victimized by this so-called "enlightenment campaign" are numerous.
One couple found themselves the victims of a smear campaign in the
media; companies with whom they had done business for years
suddenly refused to speak to them; their grandchildren were no
longer admitted to kindergarten and the husband, founder of a
management consultancy firm, was dismissed from the board of his
local Rotary Club.
- Another couple received anonymous threats and found messages
painted on their sidewalks and hung on bedsheets hung near their
home, attacking them for their religious beliefs.
- German businessmen who are Scientologists have faced a
vicious campaign including vandalizing of their business and
economic boycotting. Caberta has publicly urged and dictated a
"litmus" test to exclude and ostracize Scientologists from society.
It has now become commonplace in Germany for individuals to be
required to declare that they are not Scientologists in order to
become members in political parties, professions, to open a
business or bank account or receive a bank loan.
- One of the spokespersons used by Caberta early in her
campaign was Renate Hartwig, who formerly ran a singles club and
defrauded an estimated 750,000 deutschemarks from clients; and
whose allegations against Scientology were found by police in
Tubingen, Germany to be a "pack of lies."
- These disturbing similarities between Caberta's demagogic
efforts and the infamous propaganda campaign of the Nazis does not
- Caberta is also closely associated with one Robert Vaughn
Young, an American who has travelled to Germany on many occasions
to assist Caberta. Young was photographed in 1994 in a secret
meeting with notorious neo-NAZI Willis Carto, founder of the
Institute of Historical Review which claims that the Holocaust
never happend and whose anti-semitic views have given him a
reputation of being, in the words of Jewish author Yaron Svoray,
"the most notorious Nazi in the world."
- When this connection became public, Caberta quickly sought
to distance herself from Carto, requesting that Young send her a
written statement that she could show to the authorities
disassociating him from Carto.
- Despite Caberta's close ties to such right-wing extremists
and anti-semitic fanatics, she was recently nominated and approved
by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany for a Federal
Inquiry Commission on new religious movements and so-called "youth
sects." Here she finds herself in the company of a long list of
- The Inquiry Commission, which not only concerns itself with
Scientology, but has also made the persecution of such religious
minorities as the Jehovah's Witnesses, the Baptists, and the
Mormons its business, makes no pretense about its objectives. The
Inquiry Commission has the unworthy objective of curtailing the
religious freedom of the above-mentioned new religions in Germany.
The list of experts and MPs on the Commission reads like a German
"Who's Who" of enemies to religious tolerance, spiritual
development and individual freedom.
Interestingly enough, Hamburg's official minority hunter,
Caberta, also advocates Stasi-like surveillance methods and
coercive tactics in furtherance of this objective to get new
religious movements banned. She has repeatedly stressed the
importance of the involvement of the Office for the Protection of
the Constitution in her battle against Scientology and other
The use of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution
to suppress religious minorities has an unpleasant overtone,
especially in Germany, a country still scarred by religious
intolerance and genocide unlike any in history, where state
security agencies abused their powers to eliminate dissidents.
Is it possible that Caberta knows exactly where her abuse of
power is leading? Should her actions be viewed as simply the greed
of a rising politician, or are these right-wing connections of
Caberta's just a glimpse of what is rapidly becoming a re-enactment
of the Third Reich in Germany?
Germans and Americans Against Discrimination (G.A.A.D.) is a
grass-roots movement formed up in October 1993 by German and
American citizens who are committed to exposing fascism, right-wing
extremists, discrimination and injustice of any kind.