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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 journey of two prayer books

In November 2014  a parcel from Winsconsin, USA arrived at the Jewish Museum in Dorsten: Edward Eisendrath – one of the participants in the already legendary 2010 Eisendrath family reunion in Dorsten – sent us two very special books that he had inherited from his father: prayer books, Mahzorim used on the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur according to the Ashkenazi Rite from the year 1833 which, according to a handwritten entry, had belonged to his great -grandfather David Samson Eisendrath in Dorsten, had gone with him when he emigrated to the USA in 1867 and are now in our collection.

David Samson Eisendrath was the fourth child of Julia and Samson Nathan Eisendrath.

The volumes come from very well-known Jewish printers in  Sulzbach (Bavaria) - see the Website

They contain not only the Hebrew text of the Mahzor and a (Jewish-) German translation (in Hebrew print cursive) but also at least one (Jewish-) German comment.  Volume 1 is for the High Holidays of Rosh Hoshanah and Yom Kippur, volume 2 for the holidays of Sukkot, Passover and Shavuot.

The Museum is very grateful for this special gift. We will carry out detailed research into the history and importance of these valuable volumes, have them restored and later make them part of our permanent exhibition.

(Pic: A look at volume 1 of the prayer books)


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