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This biography offers a flexible perception into the existence, paintings, and regarded Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965). Nils Ole Oermann bargains a close account of the multifaceted lifetime of Albert Schweitzer who was once a theologian, organist, thinker, healthcare professional, and clinical missionary. Schweitzer's existence used to be no longer a instantly course from the parsonage in Alsace to the collage of Strasbourg, then directly to the clinic in Read more...

summary: This biography presents a flexible perception into the existence, paintings, and considered Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965). Nils Ole Oermann bargains an in depth account of the multifaceted lifetime of Albert Schweitzer who used to be a theologian, organist, thinker, general practitioner, and clinical missionary. Schweitzer's lifestyles used to be now not a instantly direction from the parsonage in Alsace to the collage of Strasbourg, then directly to the medical institution in Lambarene, and finishing with the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. In each existence there are highs and lows, victories and defeats, and Schweitzer's lifestyles was once no exception. those ups and downs, in spite of the fact that, are slightly discernible in Schweitzer's 1931 autobiography, Out of my existence and idea, the place he offers his existence as a massive, purposefully developed edifice, the cornerstone of which used to be the primary of Reverence for all times, and the virtually inevitable end result of which was once the Nobel Peace Prize. up to now, biographers, newshounds, and hagiographers have instructed and retold the tale of Schweitzer following this easy trend with really little serious amendment. Their Schweitzer used to be a guy whose manner and air of secrecy set him except different highbrow giants of his time. yet no longer every thing Schweitzer files in his autobiography corresponds with what's present in the data and in his unpublished writings. it truly is at the foundation of those historic assets and more moderen courses that Oermann makes an attempt to caricature a extra reasonable photograph of Albert Schweitzer. Oermann attracts on newly exposed own papers which make clear Schweitzer's dealings with the East German experts and his position within the anti-nuclear circulation. He additionally builds on a couple of interviews from these linked to Schweitzer, such a lot significantly his daughter

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This gratitude, he decided, was to be expressed by spending his life in serving humanity. Schweitzer had a weakness for the newly fashionable sport of cycling, an activity that was to bring him closer to his future wife, OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 30/8/2016, SPi 16 Albert Schweitzer Helene Bresslau. For a schoolboy in Mulhouse a bike was an expensive purchase, but it also promised new freedom. 37 Though he had little money himself, he bought a second bicycle for his younger brother Paul from his savings.

31 And this was also how many people would describe Schweitzer when it came to how he set and achieved his goals. During his time in Mulhouse, Schweitzer felt he had learned ‘a sense of duty’. What separated Schweitzer from his teacher were their birthplaces and the diverging mentalities of the Alsatian and the Hanseatic German. ’32 Another experience from Schweitzer’s youth left its mark on him. His father’s tales of far-off countries had awakened an enthusiasm in him for missionary service, but it was on family visits to nearby Colmar that this enthusiasm was focused on Africa.

The paternal side of Schweitzer’s family had brought forth many schoolmasters and pastors, while on his mother’s side it was the pastors who predominated. The newborn baby was christened Albert in memory of his mother’s brother, who had died in 1872. Like Schweitzer in years to come, his uncle had been a curate at the church of St Nicholas in Strasbourg. At this time, Alsace, together with the neighbouring region of Lorraine, was part of the German Reich and a pawn in the growing conflict with France.

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