Plans by the Hollywood film director David Lynch to build a "Transcendental Meditation" university in Berlin have provoked a storm of criticism in Germany after the project's chief guru used a phrase of Hitler's propaganda minister in promoting the scheme.
Mr Lynch, an Oscar- nominated director whose films include The Elephant Man and Mullholland Drive, when unveiling plans recently for his unorthodox university claimed that its students would be freed from " warlike aggression".
However, his attempts to promote the project, before an audience of students at Berlin's Urania Theatre last week, have backfired. Mr Lynch, who does not speak German, watched as his white-robed German guru Emanuel Schiffgens told the students about the university's aim to raise human awareness and understanding. But he then shocked them with language that could have been lifted straight from a speech by Joseph Goebbels.
Mr Schiffgens, who also wore a golden crown and claimed to be the "raja" or prince of Germany, declared: "Invincible Germany! Invincible Germany! - I want to hear you all say 'Invincible Germany!'" In a country that has spent …