Where we come from

The Possehl Foundation is named after the Lübeck businessman and local politician Emil Possehl (1850-1919). In his will he bequeathed his business, L. Possehl & Co. GmbH, to the Possehl Foundation. To this day the Foundation is the sole shareholder of this international group of companies. For 100 years the financial success of the Possehl Group has provided the basis for the Foundation’s work. If the Group were not profitable, the Foundation would not be able to give such substantial support to social institutions, disadvantaged people, the arts and sciences, sport, the UNESCO World Heritage site or young people in Lübeck.

Emil Possehl - the Founder

History of the Foundation


Possehl Foundation Lübeck

Beckergrube 38 – 52
D-23552 Lübeck
E-Mail: possehl-stiftung(at)possehl.de
Tel.: +49 (0)451 148-200

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Our publications

More about the Foundation

Here you can find our annual reports, Emil Possehl’s will, our art catalogues and publications to mark the 100th jubilee of the foundation.


Emil's bequest

Our articles of association

The Foundation only supports non-profit and charitable causes and “promotes all that is good and beautiful in Lübeck”.