Robert Briscoe’s Leadership of the 1939 New Zionist Organisation’s American Mission: A Reappraisal | Dr. Kevin McCarthy – Tuesday 26th August 7.00 pm

Robert BriscoeAlthough some scholars have acknowledged Briscoe’s leadership of the revisionist political mission to America, it has only been at a superficial level. Kevin McCarthy’s doctoral research, which was based on previously unavailable archival material in Israel, Great Britain and private family possession, shows that it was a complex and multi-faceted engagement. Aspects of his research suggest the mission was driven with intra-personal rivalries, and illustrates Briscoe’s senior role in the tragedy of the Mercaz Le Aliyah, the revisionist version of the Aliyah Bet, which would infamously come to be known as the Coffin Ships. The Heritage Week lecture will expand on this research and impose a new paradigm on this momentous undertaking.

Dr. Kevin J McCarthy recently completed his PhD at University College Cork, on “The Zionist Evolution of Robert Briscoe: History and Memory”. He is about to embark on post-doctoral research into Briscoe’s long and complicated interaction with Germany, and has forthcoming articles on Briscoe’s immigration initiative and on his relationship with de Valera.

The Irish Jewish Museum 3, Walworth Road, (off South Circular Road/Victoria St.) Dublin 8.

Advance bookings please.

Tel: 085-7067357 or email info@jewishmuseum.ie

Admission free donations gratefully accepted.

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