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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)
The Family Name

According to a cabinet resolution of the Prussian government, from 1845 all Jews had to have a hereditary name. Samsan Nathan declared that he and his family would have the family name Eisendrath which he had already been using for many years. The name Eisendrath is a very unusual name and the family interpret it as follows: “Eisen (iron)” as the hardest metal and “drath (wire)” as the link that holds the family together. The name is supposed to symbolise great power and unity. All present-day Eisendraths trace their name back to their ancestor Samson Nathan Eisendrath from Dorsten.

Prussian resolution from 1845 on taking
the family name „Eisendrath“


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