Albert Schweitzer : a biography by Nils Ole Oermann

By Nils Ole Oermann

This biography offers a flexible perception into the lifestyles, paintings, and regarded Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965). Nils Ole Oermann bargains an in depth account of the multifaceted lifetime of Albert Schweitzer who was once a theologian, organist, thinker, health professional, and scientific missionary. Schweitzer's lifestyles used to be now not a directly course from the parsonage in Alsace to the collage of Strasbourg, then directly to the sanatorium in Read more...

summary: This biography offers 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 was once a theologian, organist, thinker, health professional, and clinical missionary. Schweitzer's existence used to be no longer a immediately course from the parsonage in Alsace to the college of Strasbourg, then directly to the health facility in Lambarene, and finishing with the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. In each lifestyles there are highs and lows, victories and defeats, and Schweitzer's lifestyles used to be no exception. those ups and downs, besides the fact that, are slightly discernible in Schweitzer's 1931 autobiography, Out of my existence and notion, the place he offers his existence as a tremendous, purposefully built edifice, the cornerstone of which was once the main of Reverence for all times, and the just about inevitable final 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 uncomplicated development with really little serious amendment. Their Schweitzer was once a guy whose manner and air of mystery set him except different highbrow giants of his time. yet now not every little thing Schweitzer documents in his autobiography corresponds with what's present in the files and in his unpublished writings. it truly is at the foundation of those historic resources and newer courses that Oermann makes an attempt to caricature a extra practical photograph of Albert Schweitzer. Oermann attracts on newly exposed own papers which make clear Schweitzer's dealings with the East German professionals and his function within the anti-nuclear flow. He additionally builds on a couple of interviews from these linked to Schweitzer, such a lot significantly his daughter

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Albert Schweitzer : a biography

This biography presents a flexible perception into the lifestyles, paintings, and regarded Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965). Nils Ole Oermann deals a close account of the multifaceted lifetime of Albert Schweitzer who was once a theologian, organist, thinker, general practitioner, and scientific missionary. Schweitzer's lifestyles used to be no longer a immediately direction from the parsonage in Alsace to the college of Strasbourg, then directly to the sanatorium in Lambarene, and finishing with the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo.

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As the German poet Hesse wrote, ‘each beginning bears a special magic,’ and the visits to the ‘sad Negro of Colmar’ were just such a beginning for Schweitzer. 34 Far away from Gunsbach, they must have been dark years too for this shy boy fond of nature. 35 OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 30/8/2016, SPi A Sense of Devotion 15 One further important aspect of Schweitzer’s mentality had its roots in his early years. Whether it was as a privileged child of the gentry and the son of the pastor in Gunsbach, as a schoolboy living with his relatives, or as a young and independent student of theology, Schweitzer felt a significant part of his motivation to work in Africa was due to his constant feeling of being both personally and materially indebted to others for his relatively carefree youth.

3 Though his family was considered Francophile, he was not raised in a patriotic ‘spirit of nationalism’. After the Franco-Prussian War, the majority of the Schweitzer family was ‘politically oriented towards Paris’,4 and the family was unanimous in speaking out against the German annexation of Alsace in 1871. Louis Schweitzer’s two brothers, Auguste and Charles (the latter Jean-Paul Sartre’s grandfather), even moved to Paris. 5 As with many Alsatians, language was always an important political factor.

Throughout his educational career, Schweitzer was motivated to study only subjects that interested him—such as history or later at university any topic related to the OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 30/8/2016, SPi A Sense of Devotion 13 study of the historical Jesus. His performance in required subjects— whether his examination in Hebrew, the examinations for his ordination as a Lutheran pastor, or his doctoral examinations—all left as much to be desired as his schoolwork had. In other words, he was far from being a model student.

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