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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 Letter in full text

Henry J. Eisendrath
Flora L. Eisendrath

5402 Dorchester Avenue

6 September 1933

To the Honourable
Paul von Hindenburg
President of Germany

Dear Mr. President,

Because of my German ancestry, which goes back many centuries, my concern and sense of justice, I appeal to you today to help the German Jews who are being treated so miserably by some political aspirants of your beloved country.
Among the present rulers of your country there are some who are spreading hate propaganda (against the Jews). These men know exactly what influence their malicious lies and inflammatory articles that are directed against a small, innocent minority have. Through the attack they are out to gain the trust of many people, particularly young people, and thus obtain political influence.
This campaign is directed by people who hide their true character and their vulgar machinations under the cloak of Christianity or German patriotism. These people are an insult to both Christians and German patriots none of whom are responsible for the insipid and extremely dangerous and deceitful political clique. The world has now understood this and if you do not help to remove this gross injustice, you will lose the respect of other nations and all upright people.

I plead for the German people and especially now for the Germans of the Jewish faith who are bearing the main burden of this condemnable persecution. It is the result of political propaganda which is being spread with the sole intention of strengthening a clique who, once they are in power, will not hesitate to spread their tyranny to the other groups in your country too and will force their unjust and dishonest laws on freedom-loving people.
As a nation the Germans love fair behaviour and justice and are fully aware of the outstanding qualities of the German Jews. As a people the German Jews have always been anxious to serve their homeland, they are hard-working and thrifty (the special qualities for which the Germans are known) and make a great contribution to art, science and industry. Philanthropy and a high social level of humaneness are the foundations of the Jewish religion and there are certainly no others which are higher or greater. Through the simplicity of its belief in one immortal God, its hope in fraternity among people and its exalted ideals which are based on the teachings of the prophets, Judaism is indeed a beacon (signpost) for justice, service (service to one’s neighbour) and humanity.
And may I remind you of the time after the war when German children were in need and Julius Rosenwald from our town, inspired by the religious teachings of a sense of justice and charity helped them so much and supported them by making and guaranteeing generous donations to the German children! Incidentally other people of the Jewish faith in this country, who never forgot their ancestors in Germany, did the same thing.
Would it not be a thousand times better if some of the current rulers in Germany endeavoured to improve the economy, just as our President Roosevelt is doing, something which would help all the people, instead of wildly gesticulating in their attempt to correlate blond hair and blue eyes and at the same time loudly making incoherent statements or giving ridiculous explanations for the superiority of certain races and spreading hostility all over the world by speaking maliciously and insultingly about a section of the population who, on account of their good qualities, should at least be acknowledged and not treated with contempt.?
People of the Jewish faith are, of course, just as much a part of the Germans as the Catholics or the Protestants. Political stupidity and immoral propaganda which try to claim the contrary cannot change this. In Germany there are no better Germans than the Germans of the Jewish faith, if a comparison is to be made. We would like to hope that in the German “flower garden” there will always be Catholics, Protestants, Jews and people of other creeds and confessions who will make their contribution to social welfare and prosperity. Anything else would be the revocation of all religious teachings (message).
Before I close, allow me to quote a great and famous American teacher of Judaism and humanity, namely the German born Dr. Emil G. Hirsch – blessed be his memory – to whose “Temple” I had the privilege of belonging:
“Love of God knows only one interpretation: Those who do not love their fellow human beings, cannot love God. So let us love one another and God’s Kingdom will be in us…”
A nation which lends its name to injustice, cruelty, intolerance, narrow mindedness and rashness will not be respected and is inevitably doomed to decline and fall.
In the name of God and to save the honour of the German people I request your strong support to put a stop to this great injustice and cruelty. May God Almighty be with you and help you in the efforts to serve humanity and give you strength in leading your beloved country.

Yours faithfully,
(signed) Henry J. Eisendrath
(signed) Flora L. Eisendrath
(Mrs. Nathan Eisendrath)
Secretary of the Eisendrath Cousins Club, one of the biggest family groups of Americans of German descent


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