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Karl Rubner Collection

Identifier: AR 25078

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains personal and professional papers of the general physician and ophthalmologist Karl Rubner (born 1906). Rubner’s early education records are included along with vital records, many of which are in Romanian with a few accompanying translations into German or English. The records of his medical studies in Vienna in the 1930s and his career as a physician in Vienna and Transnistria are documented in university records, official degrees, identification papers, and correspondence. Materials related to Rubner’s medical career in New York include an article and a speech, correspondence regarding membership in professional medical organizations, Rubner’s license to practice, and copies of pages from a book promoting the Montefiore Hospital (located in the Bronx borough of New York City) in which Rubner was featured in the ophthalmology section.


  • 1924-1957


Language of Materials

The collection is in German, English, French, and Romanian.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.

Access Information

Readers may access the collection by visiting the Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History. We recommend reserving the collection in advance; please visit the LBI Online Catalog and click on the "Request" button.

Biographical Note

Karl Rubner (alternatively Rübner) was born in 1906 in the then Austro-Hungarian town of Hlyboka near Czernowitz (now Chernivtsi in the Ukraine). He attended school in Czernowitz and Vienna and then studied medicine in Vienna from 1931-1936. After receiving his degree, Rubner served as a physician in Transnistria (then part of Romania) with the Red Cross. From 1949-1950, he studied ophthalmology at the University of Paris. Rubner immigrated to the United States in 1952 with his wife Anna. He earned a license to practice ophthalmology in New York City, where he worked for only a few years until his death from cancer.


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This collection documents the education, immigration, and professional life of the physician Karl Rubner (born 1906), covering his early life in the Bukovina (part of Austro-Hungary), his studies in Vienna and Paris, and his later career in New York City. Materials include school and university records, vital records, correspondence, identification papers, articles, licenses to practice medicine, and photographs.


The collection is arranged chronologically.

Digitization Note

The collection was digitized and made accessible in its entirety with the exception of the oversized materials.

Separated Material

The promotional book “A Report from Montefiore Hospital” was removed to the LBI Library; copies of the title page and the photograph of Karl Rubner from the opthalmology section of this publication are included in the collection.

Processing Information

Duplicates were removed. Brittle papers were placed in Mylar sleeves. Materials were rehoused into acid-free archival folders.

Guide to the Karl Rubner Collection 1924-1957 AR 25078
Processed by Leanora Lange
© 2013
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Made possible by the Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives Grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources through The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support "Illuminating Hidden Collections at the Center for Jewish History." Digitized as part of the CJH Holocaust Resource Initiative, made possible by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

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New York NY 10011 United States