Jewish Leader Disputes Scientology's Comparison - 1997-05-16
MAINZ, GERMANY MAINZ, Germany (AP) _ The exchange was heated and quick, touched off by a denial that the Church of Scientology had compared the treatment of its members in Germany with the persecution of Jews by Hitler.
"Don't you read your own newspapers?" the leader of Germany's Jewish community, Ignatz Bubis, said angrily, looking in disbelief at Scientologist Barbara Lieser. Scientology has published both booklets and newspaper ads alluding to what they see as parallels.
Such public confrontation has been rare in the German debate on Scientology, easily the most controversial religious group in Germany, where officials claim it is an intrinsic threat to society.