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Albert Schweitzer

Born: January 14, 1875, Kaiserberg*, Alsace-Lorraine, Germany (now Haut-Rhin, France)
Died: September 4, 1965 (aged 90), Lambaréné, Gabon

Albert Schweitzer - Trivia powered by ABEAlbert Schweitzer was an Alsatian theologian, musician, philosopher, and physician. He was born in Kaysersberg in the province of Alsace-Lorraine, a region of Germany which France assumed after World War I.

Schweitzer challenged both the secular view of historical Jesus current at his time and the traditional Christian view, depicting a Jesus who expected the imminent end of the world. His philosophy of "Reverence for Life", expressed in many ways, but most famously in founding and sustaining the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Lambaréné, now in Gabon, west central Africa (then French Equatorial Africa). 

As a music scholar and organist, he studied the music of German composer Johann Sebastian Bach and influenced the Organ reform movement.

What do you know about Albert Schweitzer. Play this Quick Quiz.

1. He studied organ there from 1885-1893 with organist of the Protestant Temple, who inspired Schweitzer with his profound enthusiasm for the music of German composer Richard Wagner. Who taught him to play the organ?

  • Eugène Munch
  • Peter Becker
  • Manfred Cooperberger

2. He completed his theology degree in 1899 and published his Ph.D. at the University of Tübingen. What year did he publish his Ph.D.?

  • 1899
  • 1902
  • 1906

3. Schweitzer rapidly gained prominence as a musical scholar and organist, dedicated also to the rescue, restoration and study of historic pipe organs.

  • Fact or Myth?

4. In 1905 Charles-Marie Widor and Schweitzer were among the six musicians who founded a choir dedicated to performing J.S. Bach's music, for whose concerts Schweitzer took the organ part regularly until 1913. What was the name of the choir?

  • Angel Bach Choir
  • Paris Bach Society
  • Amsterdam Bach Choir

5. In 1900, he became an ordained minister. What was the book he wrote in 1906?

  • The Quest of the Historical Moses
  • The Guide to Jesus
  • The Quest of the Historical Jesus

6. Amid a hail of protests from his friends, family and colleagues, he resigned his post and re-entered the University as a student in a punishing seven-year course towards the degree in a subject in which he had little knowledge or previous aptitude. What was his study?

  • Doctorate in Medicine
  • Doctorate in Theology
  • Doctorate in Dentistry

7. In 1912, Schweitzer made a definite proposal to go as a medical doctor to work at his own expense in the Paris Missionary Society's mission at Lambaréné on the Ogooué river, in what is now the Gabon, in Africa (then a French colony). He refused to attend a committee to inquire into his doctrine, but met each committee member personally and was at last accepted. By concerts and other fund-raising he was ready to equip a small hospital, taking satisfaction that Bach himself had assisted in the enterprise.

  • Fact or Myth?

8. A German citizen in French territory, when was he able to reach his home in Alsace?

  • 1917
  • 1918
  • 1919

9. During World War II, where did Schweitzer live?

  • US
  • France
  • Lambaréné

10. What award was he given in 1952?

  • Nobel Peace Prize
  • American Freedom Medal
  • Pulitzer Prize

11. Schweitzer died at his beloved hospital in Lambaréné, Gabon.

  • Fact or Myth?

12. Where is Dr. Albert Schweitzer buried?

  • Albert Schweitzer Hospital, Lambaréné, Gabon
  • Saint Sulpice Burial Crypt, Paris, France
  • Cimetiere de Montmartre, Paris, France

*Kaiserberg is the German spelling for Kaysersberg.


Albert Schweitzer Answers

  1. Eugène Munch
  2. 1899
  3. Fact
  4. Paris Bach Society
  5. The Quest of the Historical Jesus
  6. Doctorate in Medicine
  7. Fact
  8. 1919
  9. Lambaréné
  10. Nobel Peace Prize
  11. Fact
  12. Angels on your pillowAlbert Schweitzer Hospital, Lambaréné, Gabon

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