Book designer, publisher. Born 3 April 1892 in Hannoversch Münden. 1915-18: military service (wounded 1915). 1918-21: worked for Reinhard Pipers Verlag. 1923: founded Munich publishing firm of Phantasus Verlag S. Buchenau & A. Häger, later Buchenau and Reichert Verlag, which published books and the journal Die Bücherstube (1919-27); by 1933 the firm had been dissolved. By 1926: working for Rowohlt Verlag; became managing director of Rowohlt Verlag, dedicating himself to Rowohlt books, creating a well-designed, distinguished list. 1927: married Oda Weitbrecht. From 1930: typographical director and publisher (later with Konrad F. Bauer) of the yearbook Imprimatur. From 1932: worked for the publishers Weitbrecht & Marissal, and Marion von Schröder (Hamburg). The latter was one of the first to be allowed by the English occupation authority to resume publishing after the war’s end. July 1943: premises destroyed in air raid.
‘On 23 January 1945 conscription to the Volkssturm; on 26.1 transportation to the East, to Schwedt an der Oder. Involvement in battle action. Sent back to Hamburg by the batallion doctor, arriving there on 10.2.’ ( , Begegnung mit Siegfried Buchenau, 1964, p. 105; tr. SM)
1947: director of von Schröder. 1951-60: editor/publisher of the new Imprimatur. 1953-4: production director for the publisher Wolfgang Krüger (Hamburg-Wellingsbüttel). 1954: production director at Rowohlt. 1955: editor-in-chief at Rowohlt. 1960: retired. Died 8 July 1964 in Schwenningen/Neckar.
- ‘Nachwort des Herausgebers’ (postscript from the publisher), Imprimatur, 1958/60. pp. 240-43.
- ‘Siegfried Buchenau zum Gedächtnis’, Imprimatur, 1963/4, p. 7 ,
- ‘Siegfried Buchenau’ (obituary), Imprimatur, 1963/64, pp. 9-12 ,
- ‘Abschied von Siegfried Buchenau’, Der Druckspiegel, Sept. 1964, pp. 660-62 ,
- Begegnung mit Siegfried Buchenau, Reinbek: Rowohlt, 1964 (privately printed (ed.),
- brief essays in appreciation, biography, bibliography of the books of Buchenau & Reichert)
- 1976 ,
- Deutsche Biographische Enzyklopädie, Munich, London, New Providence: K.G. Saur 1995- (from 1997: Munich only)., 1995.