Izak Goller (1891—1939): Zionist poet, playwright and preacher

The aim of this paper is to restore the reputation of a figure unique in Anglo-Jewry and to rescue him from an undeserved oblivion. Aged less than fifty when he died, just two months before the outbreak of the Second World War, Izak Goller had managed to pack three separate careers and nearly a dozen literary works into his short lifetime.1 The fact that he was an influential teacher as well as a writer was shown by the presence, when this paper was delivered, of individuals who remember him with enduring affection.

Information about Izak Goller’s childhood and upbringing is sparse.2 His family, which came from Plunge (Plungyany), Lithuania, brought him to England as a child. His parents, Harris (Shlomoh Tsevi) and Dora Goller, settled in the Manchester ‘ghetto’, where Harris ? generally known as Shaya – earned his living as a vendor of sweets that Dora made at home.

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