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Matilda Rubenstein Brenner Collection

Identifier: WV 0210

Content Description

Memoir,"Mattie Rubenstein Brenner: Her World War II Story"; "Haledon Woman on Wounded List;" Newark Evening News, 18 December 1944; "Lt. Rubenstein; Wounded by V-Bomb; Home on Hospital Ship;" n.d.; "Lt. Matilda Rubenstein First Woman Casualty From Area;" circa November 1944; photocopies of photographs, circa 1942-1944.


  • 1942-1947

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Biographical / Historical

Matilda Rubenstein Brenner served in the United States Army as a dietitian from 1942 to 1947. Matilda (Mattie) Rubenstein was born on September 12, 1918, in Newark, New Jersey. She graduated from New York University in 1940 with a degree in Home Economics and Dietetics. Brenner interned after college with the Brooklyn Jewish Hospital and would later work for the Elizabeth General Hospital.

After enlisting in 1942, her first assignment as civilian dietician of the Tilton General Hospital at Fort Dix. She remained there until February 1943 and then transferred to England before heading to France and subsequently Belgium. While stationed with the Medical Corps in Belgium, she sustained mulitple fractures after the hospital was bombed on November 24, 1944. Rubenstein rode on a WWI troop ship Chateau Thierry to be treated for her injuries.

While back in the US, she was trasferred between Charleston, SC, to a hosptial at Camp Pickett, Virginia. Her parents came down to visit her from New Jersey, as they first heard of the incident in the local newspaper. She was later discharged in 1947 and eventually married her husband Howard Brenner in 1948.


0.21 Linear Feet (1 folder )

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Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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