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"Nazis of Copley Square"; book presentation given by author Fr. Charles R. Gallagher, S.J
"Nazis of Copley Square: the Forgotten Story of the Christian Front." Book presentation given by author Fr. Charles R. Gallagher, S.J. Hosted by the Friends of the Charlestown Branch of the Boston Public Library. Held on September 22, 2022.
By: Friends of the Charlestown Branch of the BPL
On January 13, 1940, FBI agents burst into the homes and offices of seventeen members of the Christian Front, seizing guns, ammunition, and homemade bombs. J. Edgar Hoover's charges were incendiary: the group, he alleged, was planning to incite a revolution and install a "temporary dictatorship"
In Nazis of Copley Square, author Fr. Charles R. Gallagher provides a crucial missing chapter in the history of the American far right. The men of the Christian Front imagined themselves as crusaders fighting for the spiritual purification of the nation, under assault from godless Communism, and they were hardly alone in their beliefs. The front traced its origins to vibrant global Catholic theological movements of the early twentieth century, such as the Mystical Body of Christ and Catholic Action. The front's anti-Semitism was inspired by Sunday sermons and by lay leaders openly espousing fascist and Nazi beliefs.
Gallagher chronicles the evolution of the front, the transatlantic cloak-and-dagger intelligence operations that subverted it, and the mainstream political and religious leaders who shielded the front's activities from scrutiny. Nazis of Copley Square is a grim tale of faith perverted to violent ends, and a warning for those who hope to curb the spread of far-right ideologies today.
Fr. Charles R. Gallagher, S.J. is Associate Professor of History at Boston College. His book Vatican Secret Diplomacy won the John Gilmary Shea Prize from the American Catholic Historical Association.
Listings info.: Nazis of Copley Square: the Forgotten Story of the Christian Front. Book presentation given by author Fr. Charles R. Gallagher, S.J. Hosted by the Friends of the Charlestown Branch of the Boston Public Library. Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 6:30 pm. Free and open to all, including a book signing. Wheelchair accessible; conveniently located near public transportation. Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main Street, Charlestown, MA 02129. For more information:
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