The Nazis of Copley Square: The Forgotten Story of the Christian Front

Thursday September 30

5:30 PM  –  6:30 PM

Charles R. Gallagher, S.J., Boston College

Nazis of Copley Square provides a missing chapter in the history of the American far right. In 1940, the Christian Front was charged with trying to overthrow the U.S. government. They imagined themselves as crusaders fighting for the spiritual purification of the nation, under assault from godless Communism. Gallagher chronicles the movement’s evolution, the transatlantic cloak-and-dagger intelligence operations that subverted their Boston branch, and the political and religious leaders who shielded them from scrutiny. This grim tale of faith perverted toward paramilitarism and espionage serves as a warning for those who hope to curb the spread of far-right ideologies today.