Joseph Benjamin Stenbuck

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Joseph Benjamin Stenbuck
Born (1891-12-22)December 22, 1891
New York City
Died June 1, 1951(1951-06-01) (aged 59)
New York City
Education Mount Sinai Hospital (1921)
Occupation Surgeon
Employer Harlem Hospital
New York City Fire Department (1939)
Spouse(s) Erna Mankiewicz (1901-1979)
Relatives Joseph L. Mankiewicz, brotherinlaw

Joseph Benjamin Stenbuck (December 22, 1891 – June 1, 1951) was a leading Manhattan surgeon at Sydenham and Harlem Hospital.[1]


He was born on December 22, 1891 in New York City.[2][3][4] He married Erna Mankiewicz (1901–1979), she was the sister of Joseph L. Mankiewicz[5][6] and Herman Mankiewicz.

He was accused of working for Soviet intelligence and acting as a dead drop and receiver of stolen blueprints for Robert Osman in 1933.[7][8] That same year he was working in Harlem Hospital. In 1934 he was president of the Mount Sinai Hospital alumni executive board.[9] In 1939 he was made a medical officer (battalion chief) earning $5,000 a year in the New York City Fire Department.[10]

He died on June 1, 1951.[1]



  1. ^ a b "Dr. J. Stenbuck, 59, Leader in Surgery. Held High Posts at Sydenham and Harlem Hospitals.". New York Times. June 2, 1951. Retrieved 2008-07-02. Dr. Joseph Stenbuck, consulting surgeon, died yesterday in his home, 49 East Ninety-sixth Street, at the age of 59. 
  2. ^ World War I draft registration
  3. ^ World War II draft registration; Joseph Benjamin Stenbuck
  4. ^ New York City Birth Index Joseph B. Stenbuck; 22 Dec 1891; 46211
  5. ^ "Joseph Mankiewicz Weds. MGM Producer Marries Rose Stradner, Viennese Actress.". New York Times. July 29, 1939. Retrieved 2008-07-02. Joseph L. Mankiewicz, motion picture executive, and Rose Stradner, ... the home of the bridegroom's sister, Mrs. Erma Stenbuck, 49 East Ninety-sixth Street. ... 
  6. ^ "Erna Mankiewicz Stenbuck, 78, Retired New York Schoolteacher". New York Times. August 19, 1979. Retrieved 2008-07-02. Erna Mankiewicz Stenbuck, a retired, teacher in the New York City schools, died Aug. 1 in Villach, Austria, where she had lived for several years. She was 78 years old. ... She was married in ... to Dr. Joseph Stenbuck, a New York City surgeon who died in 1951. They had no children. She is survived by a brother, Joseph L. ... 
  7. ^ Harvey Klehr and John Earl Haynes (1999). Venona: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America. Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0-300-07771-1. Stenbuck, Joseph: acted as a mail drop and receiver of stolen blueprints for Robert Osman in 1933. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Corporal Gets Two Years as Red Spy. $10,000 Fine May Extend Term to 20 Years.". New York Times. August 31, 1933. Retrieved 2008-07-02. Corporal Ralph Osman of the United States Army was found guilty today of violating the Espionage Act and sentenced to two years' hard labor and fined $10,000, which, if unpaid, amounts to an additional eighteen years' imprisonment. ... He received funds from Harry Duryea, whose address was care of Dr. Joseph Stenbuck, 1185 Park Avenue, New York. Osman said Duryea visited him here twice, ... 
  9. ^ "Past Alumni Executive Board Presidents". Mount Sinai Hospital. Archived from the original on December 14, 2007. Retrieved 2008-07-02. 
  10. ^ "Fire Department". New York Times. July 1, 1939. Retrieved 2008-07-02. Dr. Joseph B. Stenbuck is [appointed] as a medical officer (battalion chief) with compensation at the rate of $5,000 per annum, 

Further reading[edit]

  • New York FBI report, 19 January 1945, Comintern Apparatus file, serial 3899.