Max Seydewitz

Max Seydewitz
Born 19 December 1892
Forst, Brandenburg, Germany
Died 8 February 1987 (1987-02-09) (aged 94)
Dresden, Saxony, GDR (East Germany)
Nationality East German
Occupation Printer
Political party SPD

Max Seydewitz (December 19, 1892 – February 8, 1987) was a German politician (SPD, SAPD and SED). Between 1947 and 1952 he was the Minister-President of Saxony in East Germany).[1]


Max Seydewitz was born in a small town some 25 km (15 miles) east of Cottbus and 150 km (90 miles) south-east of Berlin. His father was a tanner. He attended school locally and undertook an apprenticeship as a book printer. He joined a socialist youth movement in 1907 and in 1910 became a member of the SPD (party). He served as a soldier in the war between 1914 and 1915 when he was released from the army on grounds of "unsuitability" for war. From 1918 till 1920 he worked as contributing editor on the "Volksblatt" ("People's Voice"), a socialist newspaper in Halle before moving to Zwickau where from 1920 till 1931 he served as Editor in Chief with "Saxony Volksblatt", a daily newspaper of the political left.[1]

Seydewitz died in 1987 in Dresden.

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Born in Forst (Lausitz), Seydewitz was the oldest former Minister-President of Germany from November 26, 1985 to May 5, 1991 preceded by Hans Ehard and succeeded by Bruno Diekmann. If you only count the Ministers-President of the GDR he was oldest from August 1981 to October 8, 1991; preceded by Karl Steinhoff and succeeded by Werner Bruschke.

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  1. 1 2 Michael F. Scholz. "Seydewitz, Max * 19.12.1892, † 8.2.1987 Ministerpräsident von Sachsen". Bundesstiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur: Biographische Datenbanken. Retrieved 20 December 2014.

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