A window into the shared lives of two of the world's best-known humanitarians.
This book provides the only personal portrait of Schweitzer, here as a young man on a quest to better the lot of humankind, and of the woman who helped to shape that pursuit. Schweitzer was twenty-six and Helene Bresslau twenty-two when they met. He was preparing for an academic life in theology and philosophy, while his skill as a musician supplemented his intellectual work. Helene stepped beyond the conventions of the day by entering the nursing field, by founding a welfare program for single mothers, and fearlessly stating her own opinions. While Schweitzer searched for his path, Bresslau provided the sounding board for many of his ideas.
Rhena Miller Schweitzer, daughter and only child of Helene and Albert Schweitzer, has written many articles about her father's life.
Gustav Woytt assisted Schweitzer with his writings and translations.
Antje Bultmann Lemke is translator of Schweitzer's Out of My Life and Thought.