Boston College Associate Professor of History Charles R. Gallagher, S.J., has written a new book about American terrorists who, in the name of God, conspired to overthrow the government and formed an alliance with Hitler. Nazis of Copley Square: The Forgotten Story of the Christian Front (Harvard University Press, 2021) tells the story of members of the Christian Front, who imagined themselves as crusaders fighting for the spiritual purification of the U.S., under assault from godless Communism. Fr. Gallagher chronicles the evolution of the Christian 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. According to the publisher, “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.” A Boston Globe book review called Nazis of Copley Square “a searing examination of how [Boston] … played host to a group whose leading figures spoke favorably of Nazi Germany.” Fr. Gallagher discusses Nazis of Copley Square in this Q&A. His book is also the subject of a Commonweal podcast.
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