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This surname of EISENSTADT is a German and Ashkenazic Jewish occupational name for an ironworker or smith, or an ironmonger. The name was originally derived from the German word EISEN (iron). The name may also have been used as a nickname with reference to the strength and hardness of iron or to its colour, while as a Jewish name it was also adopted as an ornamental name from the modern German 'iron' or from the Yiddish 'ayzn'. The name has numerous variant spellings which include EISENMANN, EISNER, AIZEN, AJZEN, IJZER, EISENBACH, EISENBAUM, EISENREICH and EISENHOWER, to name but a few. A notable member of this name is Alfred EISENSTAEDT (l898- ) German born American photojournalist, born in Dirschau (now Tczew, Poland). He moved with his family to Berlin in l906, and served in the German army in World War I. He started freelancing as a photojournalist in the l920s and emigrated to the USA in l935, where he became one of the original photographers working on 'Life' (l936-72). Voted Photographer of the Year in l95l, his worldwide assignments and telling photo essays made him one of the outstanding practitioners of the century. His publications include 'Witness to Our Time' (l966), 'The Eye of Eisenstaedt' (l969) and 'Photojournalism' (l97l). The most notable of the name was Dwight David EISENHOWER (1890-1969) the American general and 34th president, born in Denison, Texas of immigrant stock originating in the Rhineland. He graduated from West Point Military Academy in 1915. Taking the war college course in 1928 and gaining experience under the secretary for war, by 1939 he had become chief military assistant to General MacArthur in the Philippines. With the establishment of NATO in 1950 he was made supreme commander of the combined forces, but in 1952 the popularity which he had gained in Europe swept him to nomination and ultimate victory in the presidential elections. Standing as a Republican he won by a large majority, and was re-elected in 1956. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe.

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