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Nazis of Copley Square: The Forgotten Story of the Christian Front (DHS Annual Meeting)

Charles R. Gallagher will discuss his book "Nazis of Copley Square" to be followed by a brief business meeting.

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Nazis of Copley Square: The Forgotten Story of the Christian Front (DHS Annual Meeting)

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May 15, 2022, 2:00 PM

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In Nazis of Copley Square, Charles 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.

The presentation will be followed by a brief business meeting.

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