As a survivor of the Holocaust, and the author of a book titled The Scandal of Scientology—and subsequently the victim of a 15-year campaign by Scientology to try to destroy me for speaking out against them—I am shocked. How can a (Jewish) human rights organization, like SWC—supposedly dedicated to education about the Holocaust—give such an award in good conscience?
In my work many years ago exposing Scientology, I saw so many Jewish (and non-Jewish) families bankrupted, and destroyed, as Scientology members cut off from their families and their religion. I also witnessed (and was victim of) their “Fair Game Policy,” stating that “Enemies of Scientology” can be ” tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed.”
According to the Scientologists, Tom Cruise has disseminated Scientology’s teachings to 1.1 billion people. While that figure, like so many of theirs, is patently ridiculous, he has reached a lot of people. And that has given Scientology respectability, acceptability, and a following that does no good for the Jewish people.