NEW YORK (Jan. 9)
A “sweeping investigation” of the “Christian Front” throughout the nation was asked for today by the Non-Sectarian Anti-Nazi League in a wire to Attorney General Francis Biddle. The demand followed seizure of the Front’s records in Boston by Massachusetts police and law enforcement officials, who found large amounts of pro-Nazi literature in the organization’s headquarters.
Francis P. Moran, whose activities as leader of the Christian Front propaganda organization in New England were speedily halted by the Police Commissioner of Boston, was facing two new inquiries today, one state and the other federal: 1. A state investigation because of his refusal to disclose the names of his close associates and assistants and information concerning his groups in Massachusetts outside Boston; 2. A federal investigation because of his vague explanation of his ability to acquire, below cost of publication, thousands of Nazi propaganda booklets which were among the many works of George Sylvester Viereck, seasoned and registered Nazi propagandist. He said he had received an indirect tip – from whom he could not remember – that these booklets could be purchased at a bargain.
Moran denied any association with the Social Justice publication which on Dec. 29, three weeks after America’s entry into war, said: “We are inclined to believe there will be no victors emerging from the contest 15 or 20 years hence.” In discussing “the Pearl Harbor debacle,” Social Justice simply listed United States government officials and advisers with Jewish names. The National Legion of Mothers of America, a Coughlinite group, decided at Philadelphia on Dec. 8, the day Congress declared war against Japan, that an early peace should be sought because the war means that “Christians will spill their blood for the Jews.”