• Short Summary

    DOCTOR ALBERT SCHWEITZER, PHILOSOPHER, THEOLOGIAN, MUSICIAN AND DOCTOR WAS BURIED ON MONDAY OUTSIDE THE HOSPITAL AT LAMBARENE, IN GABON, WHICH HE FOUNDED FIFTY YEARS AGO.

  • Description

    DOCTOR ALBERT SCHWEITZER, PHILOSOPHER, THEOLOGIAN, MUSICIAN AND DOCTOR WAS BURIED ON MONDAY OUTSIDE THE HOSPITAL AT LAMBARENE, IN GABON, WHICH HE FOUNDED FIFTY YEARS AGO. HE DIED ON SATURDAY, AGED 90.

    ALBERT SCHWEITZER WAS BORN AT KAYSERSBERG, IN THE UPPER ALSACE DISTRICT OF FRANCE ON 14 JANUARY, 1875.

    HE STUDIED AT STRASSBOURG UNIVERSITY, WHERE HE OBTAINED A DOCTORATE OF PHILOSOPHY IN 1899. IN THE FOLLOWING YEAR HE GRADUATED AS A STUDENT OF THEOLOGY, AND 13 YEARS LATER, AT THE AGE OF 38, HE BECAME A DOCTOR OF MEDICINE.

    IT WAS AT THIS TIME THAT DOCTOR SCHWEITZER TURNED HIS BACK ON EUROPEAN LIFE, AND SAILED TO THE LARGELY UNEXPLORED AND HOSTILE AREA OF LAMBARENE WHERE HE SET UP HIS LEPER HOSPITAL IN A CLEARING IN THE JUNGLE.

    SINCE 1913 HE HAD PAID ONLY INFREQUENT VISITS TO EUROPE, MAINLY TO COLLECT AWARDS FOR HIS HUMANITARIAN WORK IN AFRICA AND OTHER HONOURS.

    THE BODY OF DOCTOR SCHWEITZER WAS LAID TO REST JUST OUTSIDE THE MAIN GATE OF THE LAMBARENE HOSPITAL, WITHIN SIGHT OF THE JUNGLE HE CAME TO REGARD AS HIS HOME, AND ADJACENT TO HIS WIFE'S GRAVE.

    THE FUNERAL WAS ATTENDED BY MANY OF THE DOCTOR'S AFRICAN PATIENTS, AFRICAN POLITICIANS AND MEMBERS OF THE FRENCH. AND UNITED STATES DIPLOMATIC CORPS.

    HIS DAUGHTER, RHENE ECKERT, WHO IS IN CHARGE OF THE HOSPITAL LABORATORY, AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE HOSPITAL'S MEDICAL STAFF WERE AMONG THE MOURNERS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVACC8FC53MOCL5H42QCBW065LOB
    Media URN:
    VLVACC8FC53MOCL5H42QCBW065LOB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/09/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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