Report: German Academic Compares Tom Cruise to Nazi Propaganda Minister

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An esteemed German historian is the latest to take aim at actor Tom Cruise, comparing the "Mission: Impossible" star to Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, Angence France-Press reported Sunday.

Guido Knopp, a famed World War II expert, compares the actor's sermon to fellow Scientologists in a recently released Internet video to Goebbels' call for "total war" in 1943, AFP reported.

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Cruise is seen asking fellow members of the church: "Should we clean this place up?"

"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," Knopp said.

Knopp's comments come as Cruise's role in the Church of Scientology is examined in an explosive, unauthorized biography of the actor by British writer Andrew Morton that was released in the U.S. earlier this month.

The book was rejected by the Church of Scientology, which calls it "replete with lies."