German media: Scientology is essentially dead in Berlin - 2014-07-03
Two recent newspaper reports indicate that despite the opening of its "Ideal Org" in Berlin seven years ago, Scientology is essentially defunct in the city, with only about 130 members in a metropolis of more than 3 million.
Drawing from the most recent report from the country's Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, the Berliner Zeitung BZ, Berlin's largest newspaper, reported that 130 members is also the same number Scientology had the year before.
"Scientology tried everything. An open house every day, free copies of an encyclopedic biography of L. Ron Hubbard sent to libraries (which were shipped back at Scientology's expense), and an anti-drug campaign. But Berliners are smart, and they ignore Scientology's headquarters at Otto-Surh-Allee," the newspaper reported.