Joseph Goebbels
Minister for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda Joseph Goebbels
"Success is the important thing. Propaganda is not a matter for average minds, but rather a matter for practitioners. It is not supposed to be lovely or theoretically correct. I do not care if I give wonderful, aesthetically elegant speeches, or speak so that women cry. The point of a political speech is to persuade people of what we think right."
speech by Joseph Goebbels on 9 January 1928 to an audience of party members

Scientologist Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise at a Scientology event in 2004.
Respected German historian Guido Knopp has compared a speech by actor Tom Cruise to the Church of Scientology with a call to war by Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels.

In remarks described by the movement as "horrendous and disgraceful," Knopp, an expert on World War II history, said in an interview with Bild am Sonntag newspaper: "Tom Cruise's manner calls to mind Goebbels."

Knopp said it was bound to remind Germans of Goebbels' notorious call for "total war" issued in Berlin on February 18, 1943.

"[The] scene in which Cruise asks if the Scientologists should clean up the world and they all respond 'yes' will remind any German with an interest in history of Goebbels' infamous Sports Palace speech."


Head of Scientologist David Miscavige Head of Scientologist David Miscavige
The Head of Scientology at a Scientology event in 2007.