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Helene Bresslau-Schweitzer
Birth: Jan. 25, 1879
Berlin-Mitte
Mitte
Berlin, Germany
Death: Jan. 6, 1957
Zurich
Bezirk Zürich
Zürich, Switzerland

Humanitarian and Medical Pioneer. She co-founded her husband's famed missionary hospital, Lambarene. The child of a Jewish university professor at Strasbourg, who had his children baptized into Christianity, she was far more learned than most girls of her time. Helene was a skiier, and had studied history, art, philosophy, nursing, and theology. She met Albert Schweitzer thru mutual friends in 1898 and a long courtship, conducted mainly thru letters, ensued. From 1902 to 1903, she worked as a governess and Russian translator in England, but returned to Germany to study nursing. Dr. Schweitzer first informed her of his decision to establish a mission in Africa in 1905. From 1905 to 1909, Helene was inspector of orphanages in Strasbourg, and, in 1908, established the first home for unwed mothers in Europe. She married Dr. Schweitzer on June 18, 1912, and, in 1913, departed with him to Lambarene. There, she served as the anesthetist in his hospital. During WWI, the Schweitzers were, as Germans in a French colony, interned. Helene developed tuberculosis, which resolved, but left her weakened. The birth of her only child in 1919 caused further deterioration of her health, and led to her return to Europe. She and her daughter resided at Konigsfeld, but were forced to relocate to Lusanne in 1932 because of her Jewish ancestry. Moving to New York in 1937, she was kept busy telling America about her husband's work, and raising money. She returned to Lambarene in 1940, and spent WWII sharing the work, before leaving Africa in 1946. She joined Dr. Schweitzer when he received the Nobel Prize in 1953, and made her final visit to Lambarene in 1956. (bio by: Bob Hufford) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965)
 
 Children:
  Rhena Schweitzer Miller (1919 - 2009)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Albert Schweitzer Hospital
Lambaréné
Moyen-Ogooué, Gabon
 
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Originally Created by: Bob Hufford
Record added: Feb 28, 2009
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Helene Bresslau-Schweitzer
Added by: Bob Hufford
 
Helene Bresslau-Schweitzer
Added by: Bob Hufford
 
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