Max Brauer

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Max Brauer
Max Brauer 1927.jpg
Max Brauer in 1927
First Mayor of Hamburg
In office
22 November 1946 – 2 December 1953
Preceded by Rudolf Hieronymus Petersen
Succeeded by Kurt Sieveking
First Mayor of Hamburg
In office
4 December 1957 – 31 December 1960
Preceded by Kurt Sieveking
Succeeded by Paul Nevermann
Personal details
Born (1887-09-03)3 September 1887
Ottensen, Germany
Died 2 February 1973(1973-02-02) (aged 85)
Hamburg, Germany
Nationality German
Political party Social Democratic Party (SPD)

Max Julius Friedrich Brauer (3 September 1887 – 2 February 1973) was a German politician of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and first elected First Mayor of Hamburg after World War II.


In 1923 Brauer was mayor of the independent city of Altona. Brauer fled the Nazi regime to the United States in 1933 with a passport of a friend.[1] In 1934 Brauer's German citizenship was revoked and he maintained the U.S. citizenship. In July 1946 he came back to Hamburg working for the American Federation of Labor.[2] In October 1946 after the election of the Hamburg Parliament, Brauer was elected as the First Mayor of Hamburg. After Brauer complained in a letter to the British forces about the supply shortfall in Hamburg, the British Governor Vaugham H. Berry ordered not to heat the officers' mess until there were a solution.[1]

From 1961 until 1965 Brauer was member of the German Bundestag.[2]

He is buried in Altona Main Cemetery.


In 1960, Brauer was given the honorary citizen award of Hamburg.[3] The street Max-Brauer-Allee in the Altona borough is named after him.



  1. ^ a b Verg, Erik; Verg, Martin (2007), Das Abenteuer das Hamburg heißt (in German) (4th ed.), Hamburg: Ellert&Richter, pp. 163, 167, 184, ISBN 978-3-8319-0137-1 
  2. ^ a b Koplitzsch, Franklin (2005), "Brauer, Max", Hamburg Lexikon (in German) (3 ed.), Ellert&Richter, pp. 82–83, ISBN 3-8319-0179-1. 
  3. ^ Staff, Hamburgische Ehrenbürger (in German), State Chancellery, retrieved 2008-08-13 

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