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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kohl Dismisses Stars

BONN () -- Chancellor Helmut Kohl on Thursday dismissed as "rubbish" an open letter from a group of American celebrities who accused Germany of persecuting Scientologists in the way Jews were under Hitler.

Kohl said he had no intention of replying to the letter, which was printed as a full-page advertisement in the Paris-based International Herald Tribune. He said it was signed by people who were displaying their ignorance of Germany.

Signed by actors Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise and Goldie Hawn, director Oliver Stone, novelists Mario Puzo and Gore Vidal along with 21 other entertainment figures, the letter urged Kohl to put "an end to this shameful pattern of organized persecution" which it compared to Nazi Germany's treatment of the Jews in the 1930s.