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19 th century stories
The first Jews of Dorsten
Dorsten 1820: "Violence in
the synagogue itself"
Eisendrath Family in Dorsten
The family name
Julia Eisendrath - portrait of
a Jewish Mama
Eulogy at the grave of
Julia Eisendrath
Jewish real property in Dorsten
Nathan Eisendrath emigrates
David Samson Eisendrath
Establishing in the USA
Migration of Jews from Europe
to North America
20 th century stories
Simeon B. Eisendrath, architect
Nathan Wolff and the Eisendrath family
Strouss, Eisendrath & Company
Visits to Europe since the 1920s
1933: A Protest Letter to
President Hindenburg (1933)
The Letter in full text
The Eisendrath branch in Zaandam/Netherlands
The last jewish place in Dorsten
Rabbi Maurice Eisendrath
Charles R. Eisendrath: An
identity and family history that
are inextricably linked (1999)
21 st century stories
Adam Eisendrath: The German Heritage Quest - February 2000
Dorsten contacts and
visits 2001-2007
Family Reunion 2010
The journey of two prayer books
Stolperstein memorials for the Eisendrath family
Who and why?
The Dorsten research group
and the Jewish Museum
of Westphalia
* The signature in the header above
is that of Samson Nathan Eisendrath
(from the year 1840)
Eisendrath Stories
The traces of an emigration from Dorsten/Germany to Chicago/U.S.A.

Only thieves and murderers emigrate to America” was what people said about emigrants in the middle of the 19th century. This is not true of the Eisendrath family but indirectly it was a theft that made Nathan Eisendrath decide to leave Dorsten, a small town in Westphalia.
Nathan Eisendrath was born on 7 January 1823 in Dorsten. He was the eighth child of Julia and Samson Nathan Eisendrath. For some years he attended the Petrinum Secondary School for Boys in Dorsten and then he learnt the profession of merchant at his father’s family business. At a young age he borrowed money form his parents and together with a partner he founded his own firm. The partnership did not last long; after just a short time the partner, whose name was Bettinger, deceived him and fled with 3.000 marks. He was not found. Nathan suffered financial losses and great economic problems. He was unable to repay his parents the money he had borrowed. In 1848 after disagreements with his father Nathan took the boat from Rotterdam to emigrate to New York.

This website allocates stories from a widely spread family, emigrated in th 19th century from Dorsten/Germany to the USA. A research group in Dorsten, linked to the Jewish Museum of Westphalia, is collecting the traces of this family. Till now our mosaic of Eisendrath stories remains fragmentary; we hope to supplement it within the next years. - If You can contribute anything to our research, please contact us!

Nathan Eisendrath’s “Oath of Allgiance” to the USA
(With friendly permission of www.ancestry.de)


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