ALBERT SCHWEITZER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER DOUBLE SIGNED 11/14/1962 - HFSID 279094
ALBERT SCHWEITZER The Nobel Laureate handwrote, signed and dated this translated German letter from "Deep in the Night" in Lambaréné, Gabon in 1962 to Margrieta van der Kreek-Barthelmy, chief of medical services at his hospital. He wrote it to ask van der Kreek-Barthelmy to give an enclosed note [not included] to a Dr.
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The Nobel Laureate handwrote, signed and dated this translated German letter from "Deep in the Night" in Lambaréné, Gabon in 1962 to Margrieta van der Kreek-Barthelmy, chief of medical services at his hospital. He wrote it to ask van der Kreek-Barthelmy to give an enclosed note [not included] to a Dr. Friedmann and to let her know that he told Shell heiress Olga Deterding about "your adventure".
Autograph letter double signed: "Albert Schweitzer", 1p, 8¼x5¾, on thin paper. Dated "Deep in the Night", Lambaréné, Gabon, 1962 November 14. In German, translated: "Dear Doctoresse, Be a treasure and accord the enclosed note [not included] to Dr. Friedmann. If you give me the message how you are, and your husband, and in short all of you, you would please me. Not that I forget: if you want to write to Olga Deterding, send the letter to me, I'll accord it to her. I have let her know about your adventure. Affectionately yours". We believe that "Doctoresse" is MARGRIETA VAN DER KREEK-BARTHELMY, chief of medical services at Schweitzer's hospital. OLGA DETERDING (1922-1979) inherited Royal Dutch/Shell Oil Co., but often forsook high society to work at Schweitzer's hospital, which she discovered during a 1956 safari. Postscripted in German, translated: "Also a dear compliment for your adorable child.". Schweitzer (1875-1965) based his personal philosophy on a "reverence for life" and on a deep commitment to serve humanity through thought and action. For his many years of humanitarian efforts, Schweitzer was awarded the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize. In 1904, Schweitzer was inspired to become a medical missionary after reading an evangelical paper regarding the needs of medical missions. He studied medicine from 1905 to 1913 at the University of Strasbourg. He also raised money to establish a hospital at Lambaréné in French Equatorial Africa (today, Gabon), which he founded there in 1913. Schweitzer used his $33,000 Nobel Prize to expand the hospital and to build a leper colony. Lightly toned and creased. Lightly torn at on right edge and top right corner. Folded once, near left edge, and unfolded. Otherwise, fine condition.
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