Jews in Twentieth-Century Ireland: Refugees, Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust

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Winner of the 1999 James S. Donnelly Sr. Prize awarded by American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS).

Based on extensive research in family and state archives in Ireland, England, and the United States, Professor Keogh studies the influx which followed the Russian pogroms and the establishment of enlarged Jewish communities in Dublin, Belfast, and Cork. The author contrasts the general rise of anti-Semitism and the background to the Limerick pogrom of 1904, with the world of Dublin Jews as personified by James Joyce's "Leopold Bloom", and the contribution of the community to the professional, academic, social, and political life of the country.

The book focuses on the relationship between the Jewish community and the Irish State under William T. Cosgave in the 1920's, and Eamon de Valera between 1932 and 1948. Professor Keogh lays particular emphasis on the role of Chief Rabbi Isaac Herog and his work on building up the community. He also examines the thinking of senior officials towards the admission of Jewish refugees in the late 1930's and charts de Valera's reponse to the Holocaust.

This is the first book to offer a critical reassessment to this difficut period in Irish international relations. It will be of interest to those concerned with Jewish history, the study of intolerance, the international reaction to the Holocaust, and to the history of inter-war refugee policy

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Drawing from archives in Ireland and abroad, historian Keogh traces Irish Jews from the early decades of Irish independence and assesses their contribution to the political, intellectual, and cultural life of the new state. He analyzes the relationship between the Irish state and the community in the 1930s and throws light on the rise of anti- Semitism and Nazi propaganda activity before World War II, and emphasizes the friendship between the government leader Eamon de Valera and the republic's Chief Rabbi Isaac Herzog throughout the war. His coverage extends into the 1990s. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859181508
  • Publisher: Cork University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dermot Keogh is Professor of History at University College Cork, Jean Monet Emeritus Professor, a member of the Royal Irish Academy and is the author of Jack Lynch: A Biography (2008).

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Introduction 1
1 The Russian pogroms and the growth of the Jewish community in Ireland 6
2 The Limerick 'pogrom', 1904 26
3 Leopold Bloom, the Jewish community and independent Ireland 54
4 Irish society and the culture of fear, 1932-37 88
5 Irish refugee policy, anti-Semitism and the approach of the Second World War 115
6 Ireland, the Second World War and the Holocaust 153
7 Ireland's post-war refugee policy 199
Epilogue: The Jewish community in Ireland since the 1950s 224
Notes and references 245
Bibliography 303
Index 321
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