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Albert Schweitzer - Reverence for Life

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Albert Schweitzer - Reverence for Life is a companion historical documentary that accompanies Chapter 11:Oganga, The Giver and Taker of Life in The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones. It appears on Disc 4 of Volume 2. It has a run-time of 29 minutes, 47 seconds.

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In 1953, Albert Schweitzer won the Nobel Prize for peace, and magazines and newspaper articles were calling him "the greatest man in the world." He was one of the most unlikely candidates for such accolades -- having spent the majority of his life working as a doctor, tending to the poor in a remote corner of Africa. In addition to being a doctor, Schweitzer was a concert organist and a respected theologian, but it was for uncovering a simple philosophy that he won the Nobel Prize. He called his way of thinking and living "Reverence for Life."


A biography of Dr. Albert Schweitzer and his career as concert organist and theologian before becoming a doctor and opening a clinic at Lambaréné in Gabon. During this time, he developed his philosophy of "Reverence for Life" which simply equates that which acts to sustain life as good and that which acts to destroy life is evil, and an awareness of one's actions is necessary.

During World War I, being German in French-controlled in Africa, he was temporarily arrested, and then later deported back to Europe. After the war he traveled around Europe, lecturing on his ideas and raising money to return to his clinic. He rebuilt his hospital and continued to work there, while occasionally traveling to Europe to lecture. After winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953, he used his position to campaign against nuclear weapons and testing.


Produced and Written by David O'Dell. Interviewees include Schweitzer's daughter, Rhena, who worked with him as an adult at Lambaréné.

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