Max Henoch was the younger brother of the acclaimed sportswoman Lilli Henoch. He was born on 9 January 1910, in Königsberg (today Kaliningrad) like his older sisters Suse and Lilli. His father was Leo Henoch, a wealthy merchant who died just two years after his birth. In 1919 his mother, Rose Henoch, moved to Berlin with her children and married Mendel Mendelsohn, an insurance company director. The family lived at Haberland Strasse 11 (today Treuchtlinger Strasse 5) in the Bayrisches Viertel area of Schöneberg. Like his sister Lilli, Max Henoch was a gifted athlete and a member of the Berlin sports club in the 1920s. He, too, was debarred from the sports association as a result of the Nazis’ increasing anti-Semitic measures. After 1933 Max Henoch joined the sports club “Schild” run by the Reich union of Jewish frontline soldiers. It is not known what professional training he had. In his declaration of assets, he stated he was a welder for the Reich railways.
From 20 March 1941 he lived as a subtenant in a furnished room at Pariser Strasse 38. Max Henoch was married; his wife was deported on 4 March 1943.
On 19 April 1943 Max Henoch was deported on the 37th “transport to the East” from Berlin to Auschwitz. An athletic man, he survived many months in the dire conditions of the camp. On 26 January 1945 he was sent from Auschwitz to Buchenwald. Max Henoch died in Buchenwald concentration camp on 2 April 1945.