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TBJ: Father Charles R. Gallagher: The Nazis of Copley Square

Date: Thursday, May 2
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm (EDT)
Temple B’nai Jeshurun

Temple B’nai Jeshurun is excited to welcome guest author Father Charles R. Gallagher to discuss his book, Nazis of Copley Square. He is a professor at Boston College and speaks widely about the dangers of religious extremism and Christo-Facism. He is featured on the episode “The Brooklyn Boys ” of the podcast Ultra with Rachel Maddow.

On January 13, 1940, FBI agents burst into the homes and offices of seventeen members of the Christian Front, seizing guns, ammunition, and homemade bombs. J. Edgar Hoover’s charges were incendiary: the group, he alleged, was planning to incite a revolution and install a “temporary dictatorship” in order to stamp out Jewish and Communist influence in the United States. Interviewed in his jail cell, the front’s ringleader was unbowed: “All I can say is—long live Christ the King! Down with Communism!”

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 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.

Please note that all bags are subject to search and metal detectors will be in use for this event. Pre-registration is required. This event is for high school age and above.

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