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This biography offers a flexible perception into the lifestyles, paintings, and considered Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965). Nils Ole Oermann deals 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 was once now not a instantly direction from the parsonage in Alsace to the college of Strasbourg, then directly to the sanatorium in Read more...

summary: This biography presents a flexible perception into the lifestyles, paintings, and regarded Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965). Nils Ole Oermann bargains a close account of the multifaceted lifetime of Albert Schweitzer who used to be a theologian, organist, thinker, health practitioner, and clinical missionary. Schweitzer's lifestyles was once no longer a immediately direction from the parsonage in Alsace to the college of Strasbourg, then directly to the health center 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, notwithstanding, are slightly discernible in Schweitzer's 1931 autobiography, Out of my existence and suggestion, the place he provides his lifestyles as a massive, purposefully developed edifice, the cornerstone of which was once the main of Reverence for all times, and the virtually inevitable final result of which used to be the Nobel Peace Prize. to this point, biographers, reporters, and hagiographers have advised and retold the tale of Schweitzer following this uncomplicated trend with particularly little severe amendment. Their Schweitzer was once a guy whose manner and aura set him except different highbrow giants of his time. yet no longer every little thing Schweitzer files in his autobiography corresponds with what's present in the records and in his unpublished writings. it really is at the foundation of those old assets and newer guides that Oermann makes an attempt to caricature a extra life like photograph of Albert Schweitzer. Oermann attracts on newly exposed own papers which make clear Schweitzer's dealings with the East German specialists and his function within the anti-nuclear flow. He additionally builds on a few interviews from these linked to Schweitzer, so much significantly his daughter

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He read his daily newspaper in a remote African jungle and set a high store by his political neutrality. He accepted both an honorary doctorate from the University of Chicago and one from the Humboldt University in East Berlin. A comprehensive scholarly biography of Albert Schweitzer has yet to be written. This book endeavours to fill this gap. Yet it will ultimately be up to the reader to evaluate Albert Schweitzer’s life and work in its entirety. 1 Jahn did not only refer to the origins of Albert Schweitzer’s love of music, theology, medicine, or even Africa.

Why does someone with three doctoral degrees suddenly go to the depths of the jungle to build a hospital on stilts with a roof of corrugated iron? Without much fuss, Schweitzer repearedly came to surprising decisions: as a 30-year-old with a postdoctoral habilitation degree, he enrolled as a first-year student in medicine; as a theologian, he became a much sought-after expert on Goethe; his theological history of dogma was followed by a celebrated biography of Bach; and, as a New Testament scholar, Schweitzer became a philosopher of civilization; the accomplished organist became a master organ-builder; as a father and husband, he conducted a not entirely unproblematic long-distance relationship with his wife and daughter over several decades and two continents; and, finally, as a kindly doctor in an obscure African village, he travelled the world to meet the great and powerful.

He was more or less successful. Occasionally he slapped the face of one of his African employees in Lambarene, but there is no record of more serious physical violence. The closing lines of Schweitzer’s autobiography from the Sermon on the Mount—‘Blessed are the meek’—should therefore be seen in the light of this character trait. He could be meek and mild, but evidently he could also be the opposite. Schooling and Early Years Schweitzer started school in Gunsbach in 1880. Learning to read and write was far from easy for him,21 as he was never one to sit around indoors, and he wanted to be one of the village boys and be accepted by them.

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