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Yousuf KARSH | Albert Schweitzer

KARSH, Yousuf
Armenia 1908 – United States of America 2002
1925 Canada
Albert Schweitzer 1954
gelatin silver photograph
printed image 99.0 (h) x 73.6 (w) cm
Purchased 1973
NGA 1974.396.34
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‘Which, I asked, did he consider the most important of the Ten Commandments? “Christ”, he replied, “gave only one Commandment. And that was Love”.’ (Karsh)

Albert Schweitzer received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952 for his efforts on behalf of ‘the Brotherhood of Nations’. He studied philosophy at Strasbourg (Doctor of Philosophy 1899). An accomplished musician, he wrote about Bach and his music (1905). Medicine became his interest in 1905 and he completed his medical training in 1913. Schweitzer’s work in Equatorial Africa (now Gabon) at Lambaréné became legendary. He continued to write on philosophy and music and he gave lectures and made recordings. In 1955 Queen Elizabeth II conferred Great Britain’s highest civilian award, the Order of Merit, on Schweitzer. In Oslo in 1958 he broadcast his appeal to the world on the subject of ‘Peace or Atomic War’.

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