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Albert Schweitzer

Autograph Letter Signed - 1965

Autograph Letter Signed By Dr. Albert Schweitzer to Dr. Allan Hauck, a fellow theologian, academic, and one-time president of the Association of Lutheran Faculties. One page, both sides, dated May 23, 1965, just four months before Schweitzer's death. With stamped and postmarked envelope.

In addition to dedicating his life's work as a medical missionary in Africa, Dr. Schweitzer was a respected music scholar and organist. He studied the music of German composer Johann Sebastian Bach and influenced the Organ reform movement. In 1893 he played for the French organist Charles-Marie Widor (at Saint-Sulpice, Paris), for whom Johann Sebastian Bach's organ-music contained a mystic sense of the eternal. Widor, deeply impressed, agreed to teach Schweitzer without fee, and a great and influential friendship was begun.

Dr. Schweitzer's nurse and secretary wrote a prelude to the letter. Following that is Schweitzer's portion, translated approximately from German, in full:

I thank you for your nice lines you have written about me. In the paper, in which you wrote about me, I found the picture of the Cathedral of Uppsala, where I have been so often. Here in Lambarene everything is going well. In my hospital, we are 6 doctors and 15 European nurses. In the hospital are 520 beds for sick people.

With the best of thoughts,
Albert Schweitzer

The Cathedral of Uppsala in Sweden is a historic church with one of the largest organs in Sweden, built in 1692-98 by Hans Henrich Cahman, regarded as the father of Swedish organ building.

ALBERT SCHWEITZER (1875-1965) was an Alsatian German-French theologian, musician, philosopher, and physician. He was born in Kaysersberg in the province of Alsace-Lorraine, from 1871 to 1918 in the German Empire. Schweitzer challenged both the secular view of Jesus as depicted by historical-critical methodology current at his time in certain academic circles, as well as the traditional Christian view, depicting a Jesus Christ who expected and predicted the imminent end of the world. He received the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize for his philosophy of "Reverence for Life", expressed in many ways, but most famously in founding and sustaining the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Lambaréné, now in Gabon, west central Africa.


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