""Dr. Schweitzer tells his story with frankness and simplicity, and though he takes many a good-humored poke at himself as an earnest young man, he respects that young man, and with reason.""—The New Yorker
In this charming autobiographical essay, Albert Schwenzer tells of his first nineteen years in Upper Alsace and his youthful discoveries of religion, music, and the inspiration of friendship. Even in his boyhood there were traces of what was to become his “reverence for life”: as a boy, he writes, he managed to dissuade several companions from going fishing because of the pain he felt the deed gave to both the worm and the fish. In poignant vignettes, Schweitzer also describes his unhappiness at discovering that he had better food or better clothing than chose around him. Memoirs of Childhood and Youth offers wonderful insights on Dr. Schweitzer’s childhood journey that
eventually led him to dedicate himself to medical service in African colonies.
This new translation also has rarely seen photographs of Schweitzer, both as a youth and as an adult.
Kurt Bergel is a professor emeritus of history at Chapman University and the co-director of its Albert Schweitzer Institute.
Alice R. Bergel, was a German-American literary scholar who taught at the University of California, Irvine.
Series: Albert Schweitzer Library
5 x 7, 104 pages, 12 black and white illustrations