Briscoe, Robert

Irish statesman, 1st Jewish Lord Mayor of Dublin

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(1894-1969) Lithuanian-Jewish born Irish Fianna Fáil politician, served as an MP in the Dáil Éireann (Irish Parliament) 1927-65. Briscoe was active in the IRA and Sinn Féin during the Irish War of Independence and accompanied de Valera to the US. He spoke for the Sinn Féin cause at public meetings there and was adamant that being a "Hebrew" did not lessen his Irishness. Eamon Martin, former Chief of Staff of Fianna Éireann, was best man at his wedding; they were close friends during the Irish War of Independence and were involved in securing arms for the Republicans. He was sent by Michael Collins to Germany in 1919 to be the chief procurer of arms for the IRA. During WW II he came under close scrutiny from the Irish security services, his support for Zionism and lobbying on behalf of refugees considered potentially damaging to the interests of the state. Briscoe was a supporter of Ze'ev Jabotinsky and his campaign to liberate the Jews. Briscoe wanted Ireland to give asylum to Jews fleeing Germany, but did so discreetly so as not to be accused of compromising the neutrality policy of the Fianna Fáil government. In 1956, Briscoe became the first Jewish Lord Mayor of Dublin. He served a 1-year term and was re-elected in 1961. His memoir, "For the Life of Me", pub. 1958. He was a Grand Marshal of New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and marched with the Loyal Yiddish Sons of Erin. TLS on 7 ½ x 4 ¾ (Celtic) "Dail Eireann/Baile Atha Cliath" letterhead with harp at top left, Dublin, February 24 1964, to a NYC collector, happily sends an autograph.

Condition: Very good, mail folds, slight creasing
Type:Letter






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