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.