By Nils Ole Oermann

This biography presents a flexible perception into the lifestyles, paintings, and considered 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 practitioner, and scientific missionary. Schweitzer's existence was once no longer a directly course from the parsonage in Alsace to the collage of Strasbourg, then directly to the medical institution in Read more...

summary: 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 was once a theologian, organist, thinker, healthcare professional, and scientific missionary. Schweitzer's existence was once 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 existence there are highs and lows, victories and defeats, and Schweitzer's existence used to be no exception. those ups and downs, besides the fact that, are slightly discernible in Schweitzer's 1931 autobiography, Out of my lifestyles and notion, the place he offers his existence as an immense, purposefully developed edifice, the cornerstone of which used to be the main of Reverence for all times, and the just about inevitable end result of which was once the Nobel Peace Prize. up to now, biographers, reporters, and hagiographers have informed and retold the tale of Schweitzer following this easy trend with rather little severe amendment. Their Schweitzer was once a guy whose manner and aura 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now not every thing Schweitzer files in his autobiography corresponds with what's present in the information and in his unpublished writings. it truly is at the foundation of those historic assets and newer courses that Oermann makes an attempt to comic strip a extra sensible 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 move. He additionally builds on a couple of interviews from these linked to Schweitzer, so much particularly his daughter

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He took a similar approach in choosing a topic for his doctoral thesis in medicine thirteen years later. He used his knowledge of the historical Jesus as a basis to follow his interest in psychiatry, a burgeoning new field in medicine, in his doctoral thesis. The Psychiatric Study of Jesus: An Account and Critique (Tübingen, 1913) was immediately submitted for publication at the renowned theological publishers J. C. B. Mohr. All this is legitimate and helps to explain his productivity in both Strasbourg and Lambarene: efficiency paired with an eye for the right topic at the right time.

Wilhelm Deecke, the school’s headmaster and teacher of ancient history, introduced him to Plato and ancient philosophy. 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.

20 And in Lambarene he could become ill-tempered when work did not go according to plan. In a personal interview for this biography, Claus Jacobi, editor of the German magazine Der Spiegel, confirmed the impression of other visitors that Schweitzer was firm and at times overbearing when he was dissatisfied with his African workers. Evidently Schweitzer was aware of this trait early in his life and tried to overcome it throughout his life. 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.

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