Commemoration of the German Society of Gastroenterology
In memory of

Dr. med.
Albert Max Weilbauer
1893 - 1970

Dissertation, Heidelberg 1919
Dissertation, Heidelberg 1919

Member since 1929

Specialist in gastrointestinal and metabolic diseases in Hamburg

Licence to practice medicine in the USA

Dr. med. Albert Max Weilbauer

  • Karlsruhe, 0‌1‌.‌0‌7‌.‌1‌8‌9‌3‌
  • Lucas County, Ohio, USA, 0‌6‌.‌0‌3‌.‌1‌9‌7‌0‌
  • Member since 1929
  • Escaped to the USA in 1939
  • Hamburg
  • Specialist in gastrointestinal and metabolic diseases in private practice

Albert Max Weilbauer was born Albert M. Weill in Karlsruhe in 1893, the son of the merchant Emil Weill and his wife Florenze Weill, née Stiebel. Albert Max Weill first attended primary school in Karlsruhe, then local grammar school, where he passed his school-leaving examination at the end of July 1911. He changed his name to Albert Max Weilbauer in 1922.


Education and Places of Work

Albert Max Weill/Albert M. Weilbauer studied medicine in Heidelberg, Munich, and Vienna after graduating from high school in July 1911. He actively participated in the First World War. He passed the state examination at the Ruprecht-Karls University in Heidelberg on 10 June 1919. He received his doctorate shortly afterwards at Heidelberg University with the thesis “Ein Fall von Linsenluxation in die vordere Kammer bei exzessiver Myopie”. Weilbauer received his licence to practise medicine in 1919 and subsequently continued his training in internal medicine. In the meantime he worked as a naval surgeon. He settled in Hamburg in 1924 as a specialist in gastrointestinal and metabolic diseases. He worked in Hamburg as an independent medical examiner for the AOK – one of Germany’s oldest statutory health insurance providers – until 1933.

Weilbauer was still registered at the address Mundsburger Damm 57 in the Hamburg telephone directory of 1938.


Escape to the Netherlands and England in 1939 and the USA in 1940

Weilbauer fled to the Netherlands in March 1939 and then to London, where he lived in North Kensington. After the outbreak of the Second World War, he was freed from internment as an enemy alien.

Weilbauer reached Montreal from Liverpool on 19 July 1940 aboard the M.S. Axel Johnson and arrived in the USA on 31 July 1940. He reached New York via St. Albans, Vermont.

He received his licence to practise medicine as an internist in 1942 and lived in Toledo, Lucas County, in the state of Ohio.

Albert Max Weilbauer died in Toledo, Ohio, USA, on 6 March 1970, aged 76. His gravesite is located at the Riverside Cemetery in Maumee, Ohio. Several of Albert Max Weilbauer’s brothers also fled from Germany to England and the USA.


  1. Schiffsärztliche Erfahrungen. Dtsch med Wochenschr 1924;50: 615–616

Sources and Further Reading


Biographie of Dr. med. Albert Max Weilbauer


  • Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. Weill A M. [seit 1922 Albert Max Weilbauer, Anm. d. Verf.] Dissertation: Ein Fall von Linsenluxation in die vordere Kammer bei exzessiver Myopie. Universität Heidelberg; 1919. BSB Sign U 20.2279: 22
  • o. V. Deaths. Albert Max Weilbauer. JAMA 1970; 213: 1050
  • Staatsarchiv Hamburg, StAAHH 351-11_24873 (Wiedergutmachungsamt, Akte Elfriede Clara Sophie Weilbauer)


  • von Villiez A [A]. Mit aller Kraft verdrängt. Entrechtung und Verfolgung „nicht arischer“ Ärzte in Hamburg 1933 bis 1945. In: Schüler-Springorum S, Brämer A [Hg]. Studien zur jüdischen Geschichte Band 11. München, Hamburg: Dölling und Galitz Verlag; 2009: 416