Cults Unpacked - Colonia Dignidad

Colonia Dignidad, a group comprised of imprisoned, devout Germans in a compound in central Chile, isn’t one of the better known cults. A mention of its name won’t strike the same familiarity as Jonestown, the Moonies, or the Manson Family. Even though a feature film starring Emma Watson – Colonia - has been made about it, it’s remarkable how few people know about it. For my money, the leader of Colonia Dignidad, Paul Schafer, is one of the worst humans to have ever lived, because it’s so rare that you get to describe anyone as a one-eyed Nazi paedophile Santa-murdering torture-loving cult leader.

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