Max Seckbach

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Max Seckbach ( February 14, 1866 in Frankfurt am Main - February 28, 1922 there ) was a German architect who created numerous buildings for Jewish communities.


Synagogue in Memmingen
Synagogue in Lucerne

Max Seckbach's father was the case and portfolio manufacturer Jakob Seckbach. Max Seckbach studied from 1883 to 1888 at the Technical University of Darmstadt . In 1895 he established himself as an architect in his hometown. In 1907 he married Amalie Buch (1870–1944) from Hungen ( Central Hesse ) in Frankfurt am Main . The marriage remained childless.

His construction activity began in 1894 with his own apartment building at Frankfurter Mainstrasse 20. At least 21 other buildings in Frankfurt, most of which were destroyed in the war, were built by him. In 1906 he built a residential and commercial building in Weinheim for the textile merchant Isaak Heil at 63 Hauptstrasse. His synagogue buildings in Homburg vor der Höhe (1905), Weinheim (1905) and Memmingen , built in 1909, were destroyed during the Nazi era . The synagogue in Lucerne (1911/12) has been preserved to this day.

Max Seckbach died on February 28, 1922 in Frankfurt am Main. His grave is preserved in the Jewish cemetery on Rat-Beil-Strasse in Frankfurt.


  • Benigna Schönhagen (Ed.): "Ma Tovu ...". "How beautiful are your tents, Jakob ..." Synagogues in Swabia . Franz Schiermeier Verlag, Munich 2014, ISBN 978-3-943866-24-7 , pp. 128 (Accompanying volume to the traveling exhibition “Ma Tovu…”. “How beautiful are your tents, Jakob…” Synagogues in Swabia of the Jewish Culture Museum Augsburg-Swabia and the Network of Historical Synagogue Places in Bavarian Swabia).

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