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Max Langermann

Death: August 04, 1919 (60)
Johannesburg, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, Gauteng, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of Salomon Loew Langermann and Auguste Langermann
Husband of Alice Langermann
Father of Frederick Edward Langermann
Brother of Berthe Langermann; Emil Langermann; Jakob Langermann; Rosa Langermann; Carolina Langermann Thannhauser and 4 others

Managed by: Kitty Munson Cooper
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About Max Langermann

His Hebrew birthdate is listed as 7th of Adar II 5619 in his father's prayerbook (see that image in the sources here) and was circumcised on the feast of Purim (15th of Adar II that year).

He went to South Africa where he made his fortune dealing in minerals according to family lore. He brought back many presents and later in his life he lived in London, England with his British wife Alice. Family lore is that he adopted his brother's son perhaps named Fred (see sources here for death certificate signed by adopted son and nephew Frederick Edward Langermann).

He was one of the important men in Johannesburg. He helped found the first synaogue there, and was a member of the City Council. (from a book on Jews of South Africa - "Founders and Followers. Johannesburg Jewry 1887-1915")

He established the suburb of Kensington where Langerman Avenue was named after him. reference:,_Gauteng

A lodge in a Hebrew order was named for him, referring to him as one of the most distinguished jews of his generation in South Africa

There are also references to this and to his role as a peacemaker at the lodge here:

and "Similarly, when steps were taken soon after the Anglo-Boer War to set up a representative Jewish body in the Transvaal , the Board of Deputies – the Russian Jews were at first unwilling to accept the leadership of an anglicised Jew like Max Langermann." from


" After the South African War (1899–1902) he sat on the Johannesburg town council and helped to gain municipal franchise for aliens. In 1907 he became a member of the Transvaal legislative council. One of the most prominent Jewish personalities of his time in the Transvaal, Langermann played a leading role in the formation of the Transvaal and Natal Jewish Board of Deputies in Johannesburg in 1903 and was its first president. For a time he headed the Territorial Organization in South Africa.

bibliography: G. Saron and L. Hotz, Jews in South Africa (1955), index."

In England:

from the diary of Theodor Herzl, Oct 23, 1902 as published here: "In the corridor, strangely enough, I met the South African (Max) Langermann. I guessed that Chamberlain would ask him about me, and I gave him the 'good tip' to say that he was a Zionist. I met him afterwards, at the hotel, and he told me that, as I had foreseen, Chamberlain had indeed inquired about me. Langermann assured me that he had replied: [You and Dr. Herzl are chiefs.]

In any case, it must have meant something to Chamberlain that this South African promoter, too, should be one of my men."

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Max Langermann's Timeline

March 13, 1859
Harare, Zimbabwe
August 4, 1919
Age 60
Johannesburg, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, Gauteng, South Africa