ALBERT SCHWEITZER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 05/23/1965 CO-SIGNED BY: ALI SILVER - HFSID 284934
Sale Price $765.00
Signed Autograph Letter in German, penned four months before his death (1965), on the same sheet with a handwritten note in English by his longtime aide Ali Silver.
Autograph Letter signed: "Albert Schweitzer", 2 pages (front and verso), 9½x6¼. Lambaréné, Republic of Gabon, 1965 May 23. To Allan Hauck, Fremont, Nebraska. In German, translated in part: "...I thank you for the nice lines you have written about me. In the paper, in which you wrote about me, I found the picture of the Cathedral in Uppsala, where I have been so often. Here in Lambaréné everything is going well. In my hospital, we are 6 doctors and 15 European nurses. In the hospital are 520 beds for patients..." Accompanied on front by an introductory ALS: "(Miss) Ali Silver (dutch nurse). In full: "It will interest you, that your letter of July 11th, only reached him on November 6th. Surface mail is slow in arriving. But you should have received a reply since long. The great amount of letters however at the end of the year and for Dr. Schweitzer's birthday render it not possible to reply to each letter in time. Dr. Schweitzer asked me to thank you in his name for your good article in 'Discovery.' Your good thoughts touched him. With kind regards. Sincerely yours". ALBERT 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. Dutch nurse ALI SILVER served Schweitzer for over 20 years as secretary, treasurer, manager and music copyist, and was chief nurse of the leper village. Later she established a Schweitzer archive and museum in his home town of Gunsbach, in French Alsace. Until her own death in 1987, she served as director as it grew into a research and conference center. 3 vertical fold creases. Pin-sized stain at upper left edge. Otherwise fine condition.
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