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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)
Establishing in the USA

In 1865 Nathan Eisendrath was one of the top Jewish earners in Chicago with a total capital of $100.000 and more in 1866.

Nathan had started sending financial support to Dorsten quite soon after he arrived in America and he wrote enthusiastically to his parents and siblings about the new country. In 1856 his sister Adelheid came to Chicago. In the following years she was followed by her brothers Cosman, David, Levy, Benjamain and Moses with their families of up to 10 children. Over the next 20 years all the other members of the Eisendrath family emigrated to America with the exception of the oldest son Baruch who moved to Amsterdam. Thanks to the extensive business interests of their brother, they all quickly found work. They were soon integrated and mostly worked in the industries in which they had been successful in Dorsten. For example, David, Moses and Levy Eisendrath had all worked as tanners in Dorsten. In 1864 Moses had bought several lots outside the town of Dorsten in order not to subject the general public to the unpleasant odours emitted from his tannery and irritate or cause disadvantage to anyone. After just a few years he started a successful leather factory in the U.S.A. David Eisendrath was one of the first entrepreneurs to tan leather
In 1852 Nathan Eisendrath married Helene Fellheimer in Pittsburgh. Helene also came from a family of German immigrants. The first Eisendrath born in the USA is named Benjamin Washington Eisendrath. His whole family grows rapidly but also the fact that 9 siblings all move there with their spouses and children is noteworthy. When Eva Wolff-Eisendrath arrived in Chicago in 1880 a big party was held in German style with lots of food and drink. At the turn of the century the family already consisted of 200 members. Today the awareness of the unity of the family is still reflected in the good contacts between the family members. For many years there was an “Eisendrath Cousins Club“ which met once a month and once a year the whole extended family met. In 1933 the Cousin Club had some 3000 members. In September 1933 the Club wrote to German President Paul von Hindenburg to complain about the treatment of “Germans of the Jewish faith”.

In 1867 Nathan Eisendrath travelled to Europe again with his family for the first time. His son Benjamin Washington started attending a boarding school in Brussels. He made business contacts all over Europe. His journey also took him to Westphalia, to Dorsten where he was born.

Weil & Eisendrath Tanners (view from an envelope)


The couple Nathan Eisendrath and Helene Fellheimer


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