Albert Schweitzer – Biography
Albert Schweitzer was born on 14th February 1875 in Colmar (Alsace) and died on 4th September 1965 in Lambarene (Gabon).
Our school was named after him in 1956: Albert-Schweitzer-Schule.
A.S. was a German protestant theologian, musician, doctor, and philosopher. He studied Theology, then Medicine and went to Lambarene in 1913 as a missionary doctor where he established a large hospital with a leprosy ward. In order to raise funds he went on lecture tours and gave concerts, thus drawing worldwide attention to his work.
Albert Schweitzer also made a name for himself as a theologian. He taught and lived according to his ideal of a „Christian Humanism“ and thus founded his famous ethic: „Reverence for Life“.
As a music scholar and organist, he edited the music of German composer Johann Sebastian Bach. On 28th August 1928 he was awarded the Goethe Prize by the City of Frankfurt.
Albert Schweitzer also campaigned for nuclear disarmament and world peace. He received numerous awards for his varied humanitarian work, as for example the Nobel Peace Prize of 1952.
The German Albert-Schweitzer Centre in Frankfurt is a unique combination of museum, archive and research centre.