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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)
Zaandam: Stolperstein memorials for the Eisendrath family

Pic: Bernhard and Sortine Eisendrath in the 1920s   Gunter Demnig, an artist from Cologne, Germany, is best known for his Stolperstein memorials to the victims of Nazi persecution. The project, which places engraved brass stones outside a former residence of a Holocaust victim, began in Germany but has spread to other countries. In October 2022 Stolpersteine were installed in Zaandam, North Holland in memory of 14 Jews from Zaandam including members of the large Eisendrath family who left Dorsten in the 19th century. Most family members emigrated to the USA and in 2010 the Jewish Museum of Westphalia organized a big five-day family reunion attended by around 60 members of the family.

Bernard Eisendrath had studied medicine and in 1907 he passed his final exams. In 1914 he left the military hospital in Amsterdam to settle in Zaandam, first as a public health officer and later as a general practitioner and obstetrician. Two months earlier, on 13 March, he had married Sortine Selma Juchenheim. The couple moved to a well-appointed residence in a large house at 108 Botenmakerstraat. An Aesculapian staff in the wrought iron fence bears witness to the fact that this was once the home of a doctor. They had four children: Iris (born in 1915), Maja (born in 1917), Leonie (born in 1921) and Rudolf (born in 1923). 

Pic: Bernhard and Sortine Eisendrath with their four children Iris, Maja, Leonie and Rudolf 

Erik Schaap, a local historian from Zaandam, knows a lot about this family and their fate after German occupation (The Eisendrath branch in Zaandam). From May 1941 Bernard Eisendrath was only allowed to treat Jewish patients. The family was forced to move to Amsterdam where Bernard became a member of the Jewish Council allowing him to gather information on the fate of the Jews about to be deported. On 4 October 1942 Bernard ended his own life by taking poison. 

Soon after her husband died, Sortine, her children and mother went into hiding. In early 1943 some friends found an apartment for them in Zaandam; they did not wear the Yellow Star and had forged papers. Unfortunately they were recognised by a policeman and arrested. They were first deported to the Westerbork transit camp and then to Sobibor and Auschwitz where they were murdered. Rudolf died in 1944 as a result of the harsh conditions at the Mittelbau-Dora camp where concentration camp inmates were deployed for forced labour. 

Paul Eisendrath from Belgium was also there when the stones were placed. After a minute’s silence, those present placed small stones around the memorial plaques on the pavement in front of the residence at 108 Botenmakerstraat. Paul Eisendrath laid the first stone. “My grandfather was Bernard Eisendrath’s cousin.” Paul still has two brothers who live in Belgium with their families.

Pic: The Zandaam Stolpersteine

More information on the Zaandam Stolpersteine can be found at: www.joodsmonumentzaanstreek.nl (in Dutch). 


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