Carl Schubert was born in Berlin, German Empire on 15 October 1882, the son of an army officer. He entered the foreign service in 1906 and served as a legate to Bern, Switzerland, and he enabled Vladimir Lenin to return to Russia from his Swiss exile in 1917. Schubert headed the Department of England and America at the Foreign Office of the Weimar Republic during the Interwar period, and Karl Radek called him a "vulgar anglophile". From 1924 to 1930, he served as Secretary of State, and he retired in 1932. He died in 1947.