Dr Rudolf Ruben Plaut (1843 - 1914)

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Birthplace: Mackenzell
Death: Died in Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany
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About Dr Rudolf Ruben Plaut

Dr Rudolf Plaut was born in Mackenzell in 1843 and died in Frankfurt-on-Main in 1914.

He was the son of Heinemann Plaut (1801-1889), son of Jacob Plaut.

He became a Rabbi in Schwersenz and Karlsbad and later in Frankfurt-on-Main. He was a friend of Baron Mayer Carl Rothschild (1820-1886) of Frankfurt who arranged his Rabbinical appointment.

Alfred Plaut said of his father Rudolf:

"My father was born as one of many children of a cattle dealer and cattle farmer in Mackenzell near Fulda. (Mackenzell means that some Monk had his cell there. It was a Catholic country).

The other brothers and sisters stayed in the small town and became little merchants, bakers and butchers. This boy - by name of Ruben- which he later Germanised to Rudolf, appeared intelligent so he was sent to become a Rabbi.

Rudolf studied in the Rabbinical schools in Hamburg and Mainz, and taught in a high school when still a student. He graduated as doctor of philosophy from the University of Berlin, writing a doctor's thesis on the Jewish Roman historical Flavius Josephus. He studied Oriental languages. Rudolf was a very muscular strong man.

Rosa Glans Plaut, Rudolf's wife did not lead a happy life. She was married in her teens, was more often pregnant than not, and saw four of her fourteen children die. At the age of forty three she had a stroke and was an invalid from then on until her death at age 49.

Rudolf Plaut was blind in his declining years and because of this he was pensioned off in 1904. He ruled his household with an iron hand and as they grew up, the children began to rebel. George and Hedwig went to the opera, which was forbidden, and took part in the teenage Wagner worship which was current then. George studied chemistry to please his father, however made his career in opera. He married a Gentile girl.

Alice eloped with a 'penniless Gentile fiddler' who came to play chamber music in their home. Martha succeeded in breaking out of the woman's role; her school principal pleased with her father to send her to the University, but she did not continue her career in medicine.

Some of the children retained their Judaism, but others, like Alfred, forsook religion altogether."


The Unbroken Chain - Neil Rosenstein (1990) Volume 1, chapter 11, page 105, G 12.2.

  • Details of his descendants were researched in great detail, primarily by Mrs Thomas F.A. Plaut of Chevy Chase.
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Dr Rudolf Plaut's Timeline

January 31, 1843
July 28, 1873
Age 30
Karlsbad, Czech Republic
Age 30
Carlsbad, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
Age 32
Age 36
Karlsbad, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Age 37
Karlsbad, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Age 38
Age 39
Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany
Age 40
Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany
August 3, 1885
Age 42
Frankfurt/Main, Hessen, Germany