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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
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
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 last jewish place in Dorsten

The Jewish cemetery in Dorsten was probably opened in 1628 and burials took place up to 1941.  With its 27 graves it is unfortunately the only remaining Jewish site in Dorsten. It has been relatively well maintained but the “stone witnesses“ are, of course, exposed to wind, weather and decay.  The Eisendrath family has always done what they can to preserve the site.

When in 2001 experts found that some of the gravestones, which mainly date back to the 19th century, had been damaged by weathering and were in real danger, the Jewish Museum of Westphalia raised the alarm. Professor Hans Leisen of Cologne University of Applied Sciences offered to carry out the work together with his students. Two gravestones of the Eisendrath family were among those that were badly damaged.

A generous donation from the “Council of Michigan Foundation“, in which descendants of the Eisendrath family are involved,  meant that in 2003 a detailed study of the damage and restoration were possible. This was done in conjunction with the Regional Association of the Jewish Communities of Westphalia.

 
   
 

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