This house belonged to Albert Schweitzer,
who won the Nobel Peace Prize
Albert Schweitzer was born in Kayerserberg in 1875 and his parents moved to Gunsbach when he was 6 months old ; his father was a pastor there for 50 years, until 1925. In 1928 Albert Schweitzer had his own house built in Gunsbach, which he used as a place where he could recuperate when he came back to Europe on furlough.
And it remains the same today, just as it was in 1959, when the Doctor came there for the last time from Africa. You can see his office, his bedroom, his piano with a special pedal system similar to that of an organ, his Nobel Peace Prize diploma (1952), various souvenirs from Africa… The International Association of the Doctor Schweitzer charity in Lamboréné (AISL) has made this house into a museum called the Albert Schweitzer Museum and established it as a main archive centre. It has also bought up the former vicarage and transformed it into a meeting-place for members of the AISL. This has all been financed by funds from Switzerland, Germany, England, America and France.
Albert Schweitzer’s House
8 route de Munster 68140 Gunsbach
- Site de l’Association Internationale Schweitzer Lambaréné | Link
Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)
Albert Schweitzer was born in Kayserberg, in Alsace. His father was a pastor and very fond of music. He received his secondary education in Mulhouse. He was an exceptionally gifted person and orientated his activities in four main directions.
Alsace from 1871 to 1918
The annexation of Alsace and of the Moselle part of Lorraine to the 2nd Reich, (Treaty of Frankfurt, 10 May 1871) was a terrible shock to the population who believed they had been forsaken by the parliament assembled in Bordeaux, in spite of the “Bordeaux protest” written by Gambetta.
Few French provinces have known as much distress as Alsace, suffering two annexations to the German Reich, and then twice reintegrated into France. The Protestant community took part in these upheavals with their different joys and sorrows, the European ideal enabling the population to hope again.