The Albert Schweitzer Jubilee Book

The Albert Schweitzer Jubilee Book

The Albert Schweitzer Jubilee Book

The Albert Schweitzer Jubilee Book

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That Dr. Albert Schweitzer's seventieth anniversary would not pass unobserved in the educated world might have been regarded as a foregone conclusion, yet at a time when millions upon millions were engaged in an attempt to exterminate each other and when the human race came as close as ever in its history to self-annihilation, presentation volumes were not likely to be thought of, much less produced. The book before us is one of the exceptions, and well it might be; for Dr. Schweitzer does not belong to a single group or coterie, but as one Dutch biographer has put it, he "speaks to all." He speaks through his deeds rather than through his words or music, although these in themselves call forth homage in all who have felt the initial impact of the man from whom they emanate.

The name Albert Schweitzer is as yet little known to the masses. Those who have read his books in English, French, German, Dutch, Dano-Norwegian, Swedish, Polish, Hungarian, Finnish, and Japanese would constitute an army of perhaps two million men and women, who, though unacquainted with one another, are yet imbibing at the same font and inspired by the same personality. This army, augmented by perhaps another million who have read of Dr. Schweitzer or listened to his recordings of Bach, form the élite of the world in every civilized country; for Schweitzer, living and working in the equatorial jungle, has, without any deliberate effort on his part, succeeded in drawing the attention of the tender-minded of all classes and climes, and certainly of the intellectual aristocracy, to the possibilities of the moral will.

In all these millions, if they but knew of it, the appearance of an Albert Schweitzer Festschrift should arouse a wave of enthusiasm in the awareness that something has been done to signalize . . .

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