Looking for Tanya Neujahr

Tanya Neujahr

“Tanya” Neujahr

We were recently alerted to a story about a former South African and her experiences in the Sea Org. We have been unable to locate her and are posting what we know of her story in the hope that someone out there may have further details on her current whereabouts.

In Karen De La Carriere’s latest video from her series Surviving Scientology, a small excerpt of an interview with “Tanya” appears. This interview was conducted by Mark Bunker in Leipzig in 2000.

We have posted the video below, and the full series of interviews between her and Mark Bunker can be found on You Tube.

The name given is “Tanya” or “Tanja” Neujahr (depending on the sites visited), however we have reason to believe this may not be her real name (at the time of the interview, she was still in hiding from the Church).

She was born in Zimbabwe and moved to Johannesburg when she was 4 years old. She apparently did her first course (the Comm Course) in Johannesburg when she was about 8 years old.

At some point, her family moved to Stuttgart in Germany and at the age of 15 Tanya was encouraged to join the Sea Org at Saint Hill. She was having problems with her step-mother, and her father more or less insisted she join the SO.

She speaks of her many experiences on the EPF,  having to do hard labour working very long hours as a minor and getting little to no schooling. She observed numerous violations of LRH Policy, sent reports up lines and this got her into trouble with her seniors who put her under watch and subjected her to severe physical labour penalties.

A year later after much disappointment, she concocted a story about her father being gravely ill, and given LOA to go visit him. She initially went to stay with an Aunt of hers in Northern England, and this Aunt encouraged her to get hold of a journalist with her story which she did.

She then flew to Stuttgart to visit her father, told him she was unhappy and wanted to come home. Her father insisted she return to Saint Hill. She then flew to Berlin to visit the journalist she had spoken to and he introduced her to Ursula Caberta (public enemy # 1 of Scientology in Germany). Tanya insisted on returning to Saint Hill to get her personal possessions and documents proving her story, but Ursula was hesitant about her going back. Finally Ursula agreed to her returning but supplied Tanya with numbers for the German Embassy and other contact details should she run into trouble.

Upon arrival back at Saint Hill she was immediately under suspicion and sec-checked which she managed to pass by thinking happy thoughts. Two weeks later, she phoned her father again begging him to let her come home, but he told her that if she left, she would be dead to him. She then phoned Ursula Caberta saying she was in trouble and was instructed to get to the nearest Police Station. She managed to get off the base by taxi and was taken to the Police who were briefed and awaiting her arrival. From there, she was escorted by the police to the airport and onto a plane with a ticket that had been purchased by the German Embassy.

She flew to Hamburg where Ursula Caberta was waiting for her, and taken to a friend of Ursula’s who gave her shelter while arrangements were made for her to live on a welfare grant and given anonymity. She had to change her phone number 7 times and her mobile number 3 times as she was subjected to fair game by the Church which included an attempt of kidnapping and death threats.

A news article on her story was published in 1997, and she appeared at a symposium arranged by Ursula Caberta in 1998.

It is believed that her father’s name is Helmut Neujahr. It seems his last service was on the Freewinds in 2001.

If anyone knows of her current whereabouts, we would be very interested in getting in touch with her.

See Karen’s video below. Excerpts of the interview with Tanya appear both at the beginning and near the end of the video.

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21 thoughts on “Looking for Tanya Neujahr

  1. Perhaps you should say why you are interested in her and her whereabouts. I doubt she has any reason to trust you or revisit the past.

    • I guess this being a South African blog with the purpose of getting ex-Scientologists or those no longer part of the Church back in comm would be why they would want to make contact. I would certainly love to hear her story from a point of view of her early contact with SCN in Johannesburg etc. I am all for finding and reconnecting with previously “lost souls”. I speak from experience having just hosted my mom’s memorial – some 80 – 100 people who had not seen each other for 10, 20 and even 30 years. It was amazing.
      My 2 cents worth, anyway 🙂

  2. There is a common denominator of the result of Church brutality and that is that the person exits now stating they are no longer even a Scientologist.
    Quite an achievement from a *Church*.

    • I agree, Karen. It’s a tragedy. I also particularly take umbrage to the “Church” stating in recent declares that people are forbidden from calling themselves Scientologists. After paying hundred of thousands (millions in some cases) to achieve higher states of being and/or making huge donations to the “Church”, they are kicked to the curb and denied their very beingness. This is no “Church” it’s a criminal money-grubbing cult utterly lacking in compassion, understanding and love for their fellow human beings. They should be forbidden from referring to themselves as a Church.

  3. Quote from blog
    
    “She flew to Hamburg where Ursula Caberta was waiting for her, and taken to a friend of Ursula’s who gave her shelter while arrangements were made for her to live on a welfare grant and given anonymity. She had to change her phone number 7 times and her mobile number 3 times as she was subjected to fair game by the Church which included an attempt of kidnapping and death threats.”

    What kind of entity carries on like this ?
    What kind of *Church* craving religious recognition pleading *ecclesiastical* privileges in the Courts of Law ATTACK with full blown venom with the intention to destroy and intimidate?
    Touting the technology to handle Evil Purposes “False Purpose Rundown” dangles while
    the Church does not restrain itself from dramatizing their evil decade to decade ~~ more than any other organized “CHURCH.” Hence the Internet uproar.

  4. I just called Ursula. She does not know where she is right now, hasn’t spoken with her in years. Told me all about the story, including that Tanya’s father sued Ursula for kidnapping!! Didn’t go anywhere.

    Tanya very much longed to have a relationship with and love from her father, Ursula suspects she may be connected again with her father. Probably in Germany, or perhaps in Germany.

  5. These links about her came up in google:
    http://www.xenu-directory.net/critics/neujahr1.html
    http://androvillans.wordpress.com/2011/07/08/ex-scientologist-story-218-tanya-neujahr-escapes-from-the-cult/

    I imagine none of this is new but maybe something here will spark someone else’s memory. I too hope she is alright. Like Karen I wonder ALL THE EFFING time how in the world this obvious CULT is considered a religion. Threatening to kidnap and kill a young woman who already has given her LIFE to the religion, who only wants to be left alone. One Single Female.

    This is not a religion. Scientology has become a vindictive childish sociopath, unwilling to let anyone use his toys, preferring to break them instead.

  6. Outraged ~~
    Her father dumped her in the Sea Org to get rid of her an offspring while he was engaging with a new wife. When she told him she wanted to leave the Sea org, he said she would be *DEAD* for him forever if she left.
    Helmut Neujahr = a true Ambassador to the workability of a Scientology OT.

  7. Again, the paradox of Hubbard comes to the fore.
    .
    Who wrote the policy of fair game?
    .
    Who wrote the policy of disconnection?
    .
    Who is source of scientology?
    .
    We criticise those who follow theses policies to the letter, never questioning the intention behind the person who wrote them.
    .
    Sea Org members and scientologists who enforce these policies, are also victims.
    .
    Love to you Tanya.

    • “We criticise those who follow theses policies to the letter, never questioning the intention behind the person who wrote them. … Sea Org members and scientologists who enforce these policies, are also victims.”

      I see many questioning the intention behind the person who wrote these policies when I read on the various ‘fringe blogs’. Of course one can explain why one acted in a certain way but… at the end every person IS responsible for their actions and their behavior towards their fellows. (pls do not see this as a criticism of your comment, but as a statement of my opinion :).

      It is right there in the first Article of ‘The Universal Declaration of Human Rights’:
      “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”

      And I love this from Viktor E. Frankl from his book “Man’s Search for Meaning”:
      (I recommend his book. Frankl’s viewpoints got me to look at many situations from a different angle. I wish I would have read it before I got involved with CoS/Scientology and joined the Sea Org.)

      “Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

  8. Old timer I personally tire of your rants about LRH! Do your homework better please. You seem to have a very selective if not fixed idea that looks at only that which may makes the ole man look bad. Yes he made a few bad calls. Its been acked again and again! Why dont you bleat about it elsewhere. If you despise him so there are a few blogs around that will embrace all you have to say, please let this one alone. Most of the rest here I assume did get something very positive from the tech despite their personal misgivings about the church. Thank you.

  9. I know this is off topic, but it is important to post.

    The right way to implant you child:

    Give them a blessing.

    Search: “How to bless your child.”

    Read several websites.

    With a good blessing, a good implant, it is unlikely he or she will have hard time in life, never mind land up in a place like the COS.

    So if any of you still have children at home, or even not at home, consider doing this.

    Dio

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