1 March 1933
Max Henius’ DNVP Membership Card
The DNVP was a deeply anti-Semitic party that had formed a governing coalition with the NSDAP on 30 January 1933. It had begun excluding Jews as early as 1928. Perhaps it was not widely known that Henius was a “half-Jew,” or maybe it wasn’t considered important.
Whatever the case, Henius’ membership did not help him much. In the end of June, 1933, the party disbanded and most of its members joined the National Socialist Party—a route certainly not open to him.
In 1933, Henius was prohibited from running his publishing company. This occupational ban destroyed the foundations of both his professional and private life. Ten years later, in April 1943, he was arrested and imprisoned for several months for not wearing a yellow star on his jacket. He was detained again by the Gestapo on the day he was released. After being interned in various labor camps, Henius was deported to Auschwitz in September of 1943. He died there on 22 February 1944.
His adopted son, who was not Jewish, served as a sailor in the German navy until the end of the war.