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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)
Migration of Jews from Europe to North America

Between 1815 und 1880 far more than 100,000 German Jews emigrated to the U.S.A. After the Emancipation Law there were still many legal disadvantages for the Jews and also persecution. The implimentation of the reforms took much too long. One major reason for the emigration of Jews in Westphalia was the deterioration of the economic situation, failed harvests and partly also famine.
The conditions in the USA seemed to be much better than here.

The emigrants did not remain on the east coast but moved on and were involved in the foundation of the cities of St. Louis, Cincinnati, San Francisco and Chicago. Why were the Jews attracted to Chicago – a city without a past and without tradition? On the one hand migration was based on uniting an extended family, as in the case of the Eisendrath family where secure jobs and integration were prepared by the family. On the other hand the great majority of immigrants in Chicago were of German descent, a lot of German was spoken and German culture played a role in society. Jews could choose whatever profession they wanted, there were no restrictions on establishing businesses and there was complete freedom of religion. In the second half of the 19th century Chicago developed from a small pioneer settlement into a leading centre of trade and industry.


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