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Albert Schweitzer

This archive is about Dr. Albert Schweitzer, the humanitarian, theologian, missionary, organist, and medical doctor. It contains my reviews of books by and about Dr. Schweitzer, pointers to related sites, and whatever else seems to be relevant.

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  • Reviews of and Quotes from Dr. Schweitzer’s Books

Each of these books was written by Dr. Schweitzer, or is an edited collection of his letters. Click on one of the titles below to see publisher information, a short review, a selection of quotes, and the table of contents.  

  • Reviews of and Quotes from Collections of Dr. Schweitzer’s Writings

Each of these books is an edited collection of his writings. Most contain short quotations taken from his published works. Click on one of the titles below to see publisher information, a short review, a selection of quotes, and the table of contents.  

Each of these books is about Dr. Schweitzer. There are biographies, memoirs, and discussions of his work. Click on one of the titles below to see publisher information, a short review, a selection of quotes, and the table of contents.

  • A few recommendations for people wondering which of these books by or about Albert Schweitzer is right for them. 

      Albert Schweitzer made only a single visit to America, from June 28 to July 22, 1949. This page lists his itinerary, reports his impressions of America, and excerpts his remarks at the Goethe Bicentennial Convocation in Aspen, Colorado.
        My review of the 1957 film 
Albert Schweitzer
      , which won the 1958 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. It is now available on VHS videotape. 
      Information on recordings of Albert Schweitzer playing Bach on the organ. 
      The transcript of a speech by Walter Munz, who worked with Schweitzer at his hospital in Lambarene in the early 1960s. It provides examples of Schweitzer making the hard decisions that reverence for life demands.
        Dr. Schweitzer authorized  
The Animal Welfare Institute
        to award a medal in his name for outstanding achievement in the advancement of animal welfare. This link has a picture of the medal and a list of winners and their achievements.
      This brief sidebar article from Bible Review presents a short biography of Schweitzer and discusses scholarly thought on Schweitzer’s understanding of the historical Jesus.  
        This is the home page of the International Albert Schweitzer Foundation (their preferred abbreviation is from the French: AISL). It contains very interesting information on Schweitzer’s life and works. It includes biographical data on both Dr. and Mrs. Schweitzer, a discussion of Reverence for Life taken from 
The Philosophy of Civilization
       and elsewhere, letters between Albert and Helene Schweitzer, a Lambarene map and staff list, and other stuff. Curiously, there is little information on the AISL itself. Their web page is available in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
      This is the managing body of the modern hospital at Lambarene. Founded by Walter Munz in 1974, its board of directors includes European organizations as well as several Gabonese representatives. The website is available in French and German. 
        This is the home page of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship of America. This organization is the U.S. affiliate of the 
       as well as the governing board of the current Schweitzer Hospital in Lambarene. Much of their work involves providing fellowships for medical and health students who volunteer to work at Lambarene and in the United States. They have also assisted in establishing an Internet connection at Lambarene. Their Web site includes information on their work and biographical information on Schweitzer. 
    • Origin of the Schweitzer quote that everyone can have his own Lambarene.
    • Origin of the Schweitzer quote that “the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve”. This quote does not appear in Schweitzer’s writings, but is from a speech he gave to schoolboys at Silcoates School in England. Steve Perisho has obtained the text of the speech and posted the portion relevant to this quotation on his blog. He also has published the entire text of the speech as printed in The Silcoatian. The speech is only a few pages long and well worth reading for its direct advice from Schweitzer on living a good life, but be warned that the PDF scan is 16MB long and will take a while to load over slow Internet connections.
    • Biographical Sites

 Related Sites

 Named After Schweitzer Here is a list of things or places named after, and perhaps inspired by, Dr. Schweitzer.  


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