On the bottom of the full page it it says that the ad is a paid message from the Church of Scientology International from a grant from the International Association of Scientologists. It's purpose is to focus attention on the alarming resurgence of violence in Germany.
The octopus was often used as a symbol by the Nazis to denigrate members of the Jewish religion.
On October 2, 1992, the Rasant, a journal of the German Employees Union, printed a story vilifying the Church of Scientology. The accompanying illustration exploited the octopus symbol in an attempt to stigmatize the American religion.
The octopus surfaced again as a means to attack Scientology in the Hamburger Morgenpost newspaper and in national television coverage.
Since 1991, there has been a merked increase in acts of hatred and violence against minority religions in Germany - the same path Germany started down six decades ago. Beatings, murder, fire bombings and other acts of violence by German extremists against "foreigners" have become all too common.
The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, given the task of implementing the Helsinki Accords, summarized the situation in Germany in a report released in September 1993:
"The dramatic and horrifying surge in violence against foreigners in Germany... has posed perhaps the single greatest human dimension challenge for the government since the collapse of the Berlin Wall."
Despite international criticism, the German government has done nothing effective to stem the hatred and violence.
You can help stop the hatred.
The wrong thing to do is stand by and watch history repeat itself.
Write to President Bill Clinton. Urge him to take strong and effective steps to stop hatred and discrimination against religion and ethnic minorities in Germany:
President Bill Clinton
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, D.C. 20500 USA
Send copies of your letters to:
Commission of Security and Cooperation in Europe
234 Ford House Office
Building Washington, D.C. 20515 USA
U.S. Representative Tom Lantos
Co-Chairman - Congressional Human Rights Caucus
2183 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515 USA
Dr. Helmut Kohl
5300 Bonn 1
Federal Republic of Germany
For your free copy write to:
Church of Scientology International
6331 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 1200
Los Angeles, CA 90028-6329
or call (202)543-6404