The Legend of Albert Schweitzer: Altstadt Heidelberg, Thursday 21 February 2013: Prof Gerd Auffarth gave a lively talk to a full audience in a church hall here in Heidelberg, on Mythos Albert Schweitzer – not only talking about the man but of Prof. Auffarth’s own memories of challenging experiences he found as a young surgeon in the 1990s working at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Lambaréné, Gabon.
Albert Schweitzer (1875 – 1965) was multi-talented: a theologian, a doctor of medicine, a church organist, philosopher, pacifist and a philanthropist. Prof. Auffarth told of how, while still at High School, he had read of the great man and was fascinated by how Schweitzer had built a hospital in the jungle in West Africa and how he had worked there with malaria patients and lepers. Schweitzer committed his life to this work. He did not retire to Europe but died at the hospital aged 90 and he was buried there.
Auffarth: “Schweitzer’s philosophy of Ehrfurcht vor dem Leben (“Reverence for Life“) can be expressed in many ways. The best example from Schweitzer’s own life is how he built and maintained his hospital in Lambaréné. It is important that we keep these ideals in mind as we build and develop the David Apple Laboratory here in Heidelberg.”
Schweitzer received the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize for his contribution to philosophy
Albert Schweitzer entry in Wikipedia