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Text only meeting flier to oppose antisemitism and the Christian Front

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.799

Handbill announcing a mass meeting in Boston to stop antisemitism and to protest the Christian Front issued by the Communist Party of Boston in October 1940. The featured speaker is Otis Hood, a candidate for School Committee, who had a radio show on WNAC radio. Per the flier, the meeting was a response to anti-Jewish attacks in Dorchester and Roxbury, inspired by the Christian Front. Hood (d. 1983), Chair of the Massachusetts Communist Party and frequent gubernatorial candidate, wanted to introduce education about antisemitism into the school curriculum. The Christian Front was an antisemitic, pro-Nazi organization, formed ca. 1938, which advanced their agenda, such as boycotting Jewish businesses with the slogan "Buy Christian," by promoting it as a campaign against communism. They associated themselves with the enormously popular radio priest, Father Coughlin. The group's expansion was limited after World War II begin in September 1939, and even more when the US declared war on Nazi Germany in December 1941. This handbill is one of more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic visual materials.

publication/distribution:  approximately 1943 October 24
publication: Boston (Mass.)
Object Type
Handbills (tgm)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:00:42
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