Albert Schweitzer-helene Bresslau: the Years Prior to Lambarene

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Syracuse University Press, Jan 1, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 246 pages
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A window into the shared lives of two of the world's best-known humanitarians. This book provides the only personal portrait of Schweitzer, here as a young man on a quest to better the lot of humankind, and of the woman who helped to shape that pursuit. Schweitzer was twenty-six and Helene Bresslau twenty-two when they met. He was preparing for an academic life in theology and philosophy, while his skill as a musician supplemented his intellectual work. Helene stepped beyond the conventions of the day by entering the nursing field, by founding a welfare program for single mothers, and fearlessly stating her own opinions. While Schweitzer searched for his path, Bresslau provided the sounding board for many of his ideas.

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About the author (2003)

Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952. While still a young man he demonstrated extraordinary abilities in a wide range of pursuits, including science, theology, and music. In 1908 he published his magisterial study of the life and works of Johann Sebastian Bach. He studied medicine from 1905 to 1913 at the University of Strasbourg, then founded a hospital in French Equatorial Africa, where he spent most of the remainder of his life. Schweitzer used his Nobel Prize stipend to expand the hospital and to build a leper colony. His bookThe Quest of the Historical Jesus is also available from Johns Hopkins.

Rhena Miller Schweitzer, daughter and only child of Helene and Albert Schweitzer, has written many articles about her father's life.

Gustav Woytt assisted Schweitzer with his writings and translations.

Antje Bultmann Lemke is translator of Schweitzer's Out of My Life and Thought.

Nancy Stewart has a nursing background and spent a year in Nigeria helping to establish a medical school.

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