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An evening with Elisa Hategan

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 10 Iyar 5779

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Hearts of Hate - Confessions of a former teenage Neo-Nazi.
Join us for this timely and informative lecture:
Elisa Hategan's story of how she helped bring down Ernst Zundel and The Heritage Front is nothing short of extraordinary!

At age sixteen, Elisa Hategan was recruited by Canada's most powerful neo-Nazi, white supremacist group, the Heritage Front - a domestic terrorist group. Within weeks she is introduced to the world's most infamous Holocaust denier, Ernst Zundel, who provides her with attention, shelter and work. Within a year, Elisa evolves into an extremist groomed for a leadership role in the global far-right movement. Her loyalty earns her the attention of Grant Bristow, co-founder of the Heritage Front, who is training a secret faction of skinheads and neo-Nazis in terror tactics targeting political opponents. Rapidly drawn into their web of hatred, the teenager witnesses a campaign of terror from which there seems no way out. Forced to confront her sexual orientation and Jewish ancestry, Elisa realizes that she must fight back.

At only eighteen, her testimony would lead to the criminal convictions of prominent white supremacists and lead to the end of the Heritage Front.

In her powerful and inspiring presentation, Hategan tells the story of discovering her Jewish roots and converting to Judaism, discusses the global resurgence of anti-Semitism, and outlines the recruitment and radicalization tactics of extremist movements that prey on young minds.

The focus of her talk will be:

  • The psychology of radicalization and extremism
  • Combatting violent extremism & education about the "alt-right"
  • Overcoming multi-generational trauma and abuse - examining how trauma can be inherited and passed down through generations
  • Breaking through the cycle of fear, low self-esteem and hatred
  • The refugee experience, anti-racism and human rights
  • The experience of hidden Jews, conversos and victims of institutionalized hatred, and her moving journey toward Judaism


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