Thursday, February 3 at 7:00 online via Zoom -- The Library is pleased to welcome Charles Gallagher presenting his book Nazis of Copley Square: The Forgotten Story of the Christian Front during our virtual February Evening with the Author program.
About the Book: On January 13, 1940, FBI agents burst into the homes and offices of 17 members of the Christian Front, seizing guns, ammunition, and homemade bombs, believing the group was planning to revolt and install a “temporary dictatorship” in order to stamp out Jewish and Communist influence in the United States. The front imagined themselves as crusaders fighting for the spiritual purification of the nation, and they traced their origins to global Catholic movements of the early 20th century. The front’s anti-Semitism was inspired by sermons and lay leaders openly espousing fascist and Nazi beliefs. Gallagher chronicles the evolution of the front, the transatlantic intelligence operations that subverted it, and the mainstream leaders who shielded the front’s activities from scrutiny.
Charles R. Gallagher 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.
This event will be held on Zoom. To join us, please register online, and we will email you the link shortly before the program.