New PDF release: Albert Schweitzer : a biography

By Nils Ole Oermann

ISBN-10: 0198784228

ISBN-13: 9780198784227

This biography presents a flexible perception into the lifestyles, paintings, and considered 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, surgeon, and scientific missionary. Schweitzer's existence was once 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 presents 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, general practitioner, and scientific missionary. Schweitzer's lifestyles used to be no longer a instantly direction from the parsonage in Alsace to the collage of Strasbourg, then directly to the health center 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 was once no exception. those ups and downs, although, are slightly discernible in Schweitzer's 1931 autobiography, Out of my existence and concept, the place he offers his lifestyles as an incredible, purposefully developed edifice, the cornerstone of which was once the primary of Reverence for all times, and the just about inevitable end result of which used to be the Nobel Peace Prize. so far, biographers, newshounds, and hagiographers have instructed and retold the tale of Schweitzer following this easy development with particularly little severe amendment. Their Schweitzer used to be a guy whose manner and air of secrecy set him except different highbrow giants of his time. yet now not every thing Schweitzer files in his autobiography corresponds with what's present in the records and in his unpublished writings. it's at the foundation of those historic resources and newer guides that Oermann makes an attempt to cartoon a extra sensible photo of Albert Schweitzer. Oermann attracts on newly exposed own papers which make clear Schweitzer's dealings with the East German professionals 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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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. After the Franco-Prussian War of 1870–1, this region fell to the Reich and would remain part of Germany until after the First World War. In July 1875, shortly OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 30/8/2016, SPi 6 Albert Schweitzer after the birth of his son, Louis Schweitzer accepted the post of pastor to the Lutheran diaspora in Gunsbach in the Munster Valley, where he would remain until his death in 1925.

There I was in the border situation of the poor old black woman whom OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 30/8/2016, SPi 24 Albert Schweitzer the missionary, in the time when such people first came here, met weeping. ’ For the missionaries taught reading and writing so that the people might read the Bible. And in the examination preceding the baptism, they had to demonstrate their skills in reading and writing. I was like this old woman regarding philosophy, of whom I tell this true story, and we even have the same age.

It was the African sculpture that so impressed Albert: It is a figure of Herculean proportions, but the face wears an expression of thoughtful sadness which I could not forget, and every time we went to Colmar I tried to find time to go and look at it. 33 The statue was destroyed in the Second World War, but the bust of the African remains intact. 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.

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