A lawyer and politician Gerald Goldberg was the first Jewish Lord Mayor of Cork.
Lawyer and politician Gerald Goldberg was the first Jewish Lord Mayor of Cork. He talks about the Jewish community in Cork, Arthur Griffith, education, loyalties to Cork, Ireland and Judaism.
The Jewish community in Cork is composed of the descendants of Lithuanian Jewish refugees who eventually brought over their own families.
My father who was a conscript in the Russian army...arrived here in 1882. He was on his way to America. He was put ashore in the port of Cork and told that America was the next parish.
Educated in Cathoilc and Protestant schools Gerald Goldberg sees himself as a Cork man and Irish man and a Jew. He would have liked the Jewish community to have had a greater contribution to Irish life in politics, business and education.
When Gerald Goldberg was a boy Cork had a population of five or six hundred Jews. Now that community is probably only twenty people. Young educated Jews have tended to leave Cork man have emigrated and left Ireland.
I am a product of a number of different cultures. My father was a Russian citizen...from that point I am a European. Then I was brought up in a Hebrew, Yiddish, Jewish culture which was essentially in the home.
'In Context' was broadcast on 11 October 1981. The presenter is Andy O'Mahony.