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From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Andrew Milne)
Subject: Distribution of Freiheit
Date: 31 Oct 1995 16:46:07 -0800
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I thought I would update you on the distribution of Freiheit (German
edition of Freedom magazine) throughout Germany.
There are two million copies of this magazine being distributed
throughout the country, approximately double the total circulation of
Although the German government is committing severe human rights abuses
against Scientologists, individual Germans are very approachable.
In Hamburg, many people at first thought that the magazine was an issue
of Spiegel itself (as the cover is about Spiegel) and refused to take
it. One man said, "Oh, I never buy that Spiegel, everybody knows it is
the magazine that lies the most." When these people were told that the
magazine contains an article criticising Spiegel, they changed their
minds and eagerly took it.
There were similar reactions in Munich, Stuttgart, Frankfurt and
The magazine is not mostly about Scientology but creates considerable
interest in what Scientology is among the people who read it and many
have walked into our churches to find out more. One man said that even
though he did not agree with everything in the magazine, he admired the
Scientologists' courage in putting this information out.
Many Germans have called up the churches of Scientology to ask for
copies for their friends or to take out subscriptions.
At 64 pages, the magazine is the largest the Church has ever published
in Germany. It contains a comprehensive account of the
government-instigated discrimination against Scientologists taking place
in that country and gives individual case histories, as well as an
account of some of the good works the Church does.
I am sure that if you are German you will be able to obtain a copy as
the distributors are handing them out in major cities.