Nazis of Copley Square: The Forgotten Story of the Christian Front
Author: Charles Gallagher
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-20th century, such as the Mystical Body of Christ and Catholic Action. The front’s antisemitism 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.