Holy Blossom Temple Brotherhood presents:
Elisa Hategan “Hearts of Hate: A Former Neo-Nazi’s Journey from Hate to Hope”
Brotherhood will provide a full breakfast after Sunday shacharit services for all congregants, guest speaker Elisa Hategan will present from 10:30-11:30 am
Sunday, October 20, 2019
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At age sixteen, Elisa Hategan was recruited by Canada’s most powerful neo-Nazi, white supremacist group, the Heritage Front – a domestic terrorist group later revealed to have been created and funded with the assistance of Canada’s spy agency, CSIS. 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.
But after witnessing a campaign of terror from which there seems no way out, 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 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.