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Rebellion is not a sin. It is a sign of having intelligence and a backbone.

JULIA SCUTARU, retired journalist, Bucharest, Romania, 2000 wrote, “In Toronto, I discovered by chance, Cineforum. Pure chance but a fortunate one. In that small room exhaling culture, passion and dedication, I watched the movie of Adolf Hitler’s 1934 Nuremberg rally, an important historical, political and social document., and real artistic achievement….As a journalist (in Romania) I worked in the cultural field, including film reviews. Therefore I came to the Cineforum not just as a movie lover, but as a knowledgeable professional…We live in an era authoritatively dominated by brainwashing and political correctness…I admired Reg Hartt’s courage and passion put in searching out and defending the human truth, the artistic truth, the historical truth; the Truth and unveiling it…Discovering Reg Hartt and his Cineforum was one of the most important events of my visit in Toronto.”

PETER MOORE, British Artist.

“I am a Brit artist. I love Toronto. I have sometimes heard it said that Toronto is boring. It is a comparatively well ordered city. Maybe that is why some imperceptive people think it boring. The thing is I keep having amazing successes in Toronto. My friend Bob Welton who decided he was much happier in Warsaw than in London used to say in London everything is possible and nothing is probable. I just find in Toronto not everything is possible but lots of things, important things, are quite probable. Does this make sense?

“ANYWAY, a wonderful surprise in Toronto is Reg Hartt’s Cineforum. I was walking down Bloor Street with my friend Alan, a composer, a Torontonian who, searching for fulfillment in London, has realized that everything he wanted existed in his original home, Toronto. It was my birthday. He said, “What do you want to do for your birthday?” I said, “I want to go and see that!”

“I was pointing at a mysterious poster for the film of Hitler’s l934 Nuremberg rally. I’d always wanted to see that.

“So we went and I found myself in the most perfect place on earth to watch a film. With the film was an unexpected treat….a brilliant, unbiased, sensible and stimulating introduction by the amazing Reg Hartt.–PETER MOORE, British Artist.


June 11, 1986
Ms. Joyce Eagle
Toronto Area Presbytery
United Church of Canada
875 Queen Street East
Toronto, Ontario
M4M 1J2
Dear Ms. Eagle:

Although I am not a member of the United Church of Canada, I have tremendous respect for its principles and activities on behalf of social issues. I had the good fortune to work in the Division of Mission at Church House for six months while a secretary was on maternity leave, and I was very impressed with the calibre of the caring people I met – so, the United Church stands high in my regard.

However, last night I noticed the attached poster on a bulletin board along Bloor Street and I was shocked to read the incredible words about Hitler doing the right thing. This man, Reg Hartt, continues to spread his hate lectures in Toronto and although I’m not sure how much can be done to stop him, I am sure he should not be allowed to use Bathurst Street United Church as a venue. This church has so many worthwhile activities going on that I am amazed the Board would allow this type of hateful lies to be shown on its premises.
As a concerned citizen, I would be interested to know what criteria are used in allowing groups to use church space. Will people who support the Nazi beliefs continue to be allowed to use Bathurst Street United Church to spread their poison?

Sincerely.  (Name withheld)

Mr. Cecil Heal, Chairman
Board of Management
Bathurst St. United Church
476 Bathurst St.
Toronto, Ont.

Dear Mr. Heal,

Some time ago I attended a showing of the Nazi propaganda film of Adolf Hitler’s 1934 Nuremberg rally,” in a program put on by Reg Hartt in his space in your church. Mr. Hartt prefaced the film with an excellent commentary on the frightful ski11 with which expert propagandists can manipulate and fool unwary, credulous or self—deceived viewers, with this film as an outstanding example of such devilish skill. . I thought the program was eminently educational, indeed almost a necessary form of education in the sense that it so vividly and effectively inoculated viewers against accepting propaganda at face value. The program went beyond the all—too—common hassle over “good” versus “bad” propaganda because it was anti-propaganda of any sort: anti-manipulation.

I understand that complaints against repeat programs of this material, illustrating this same anti-propaganda theme, may cause Mr. Hartt to lose his exhibition space in the church. I – am sorry to hear this, of only because I am sorry to hear of such a misunderstanding of these programs and of Mr. Hartt’s purpose and point of view. He is anything but a fascist or admirer of fascism. He fears it, and fears that modern—day fascists may successfully manipulate many people: not necessarily an unreasonable fear • If I may make an an1ogy, the church. (most churches) has a long tradition of facing up to the seductions of evil, not at all for the purpose of promoting evil, but for attempting to inoculate people against its seductions by exposing them for what they are.

I do wish you would reflect on what Mr. Hartt is doing and on its educational usefulness for those who will listen to what he says and then observe the demonic illustrations of his point. Anyone who does that, I think, must forever after be suspicious of being sold a seductive propaganda bill—of—goods.

Sincerely, Jane Jacobs

-, cc: Reg Hartt

“Bernie Farber, the national Director for Community Relations for the Canadian Jewish Congress, has attended Hartt’s program and agrees it is an educational presentation. “These things have to be studied in terms of how film can affect people.”—TELEGRAPH JOURNAL.

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