The memoir was written as a genealogical family description in 1933 in Kiedrich. It contains copies of photos and of a letter by Gerson Stern to his son at his Bar Mitzvah (1933). Description of the Stern family history. Itzig and Abraham were the first to get the permission to settle in Holzminden, Lower Saxony in 1722. Anti-Jewish laws and taxes. Descendants of the family were forced to change their professions from merchants to butchers and back due to certain regulations and concessions of an hostile environment. The authors family are descendents of Hirsch Stern. His son Gerson, born 1758, was a cloth merchant. He married Mathilde Wollberg of Einbeck and the couple had 15 children. His son Hirsch Stern was an educated man who respected the tradition of his fathers and valued enlightenment. He married Bella Boas from Luebecke and they had 11 children. His son Joel Stern, the author's father, was born 1834. He married Johanna Klestadt in 1872. Joel Stern was a respected member of the Jewish community and became a merchant in Elberfeld, where he moved in 1884. Description of Sabbath celebrations in the family and in the synagogue. Family history of Joel Stern's siblings and their descendants.