Schweitzer, Helene Bresslau

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Schweitzer, Helene Bresslau Gender: F
Marianne Helene Bresslau
born on 25 January 1879 at 22:30 (= 10:30 PM )
Place Berlin, Germany, 52n29, 13e21
Timezone LMT m13e21 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 05°36' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 15°20 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 08°34'

Helene Bresslau Schweitzer (Memorial plaque of Schweitzer, left, and her husband Albert, right, in Basel)
photo: Renate007, license cc-by-sa-3.0


German co-founder of the Albert Schweitzer Hospital, medical missionary, nurse, social worker, linguist, public medicine enthusiast, editor, feminist, sociologist, mother, and wife/confidant of Albert Schweitzer. Albert, a medical missionary, did not mention her role in his efforts. While much of his work seems to overwrite her own, she played a pivotal role in the advancement of medicine, feminine independence, and societal justice.

They married on 18 June 1912 in Gunsbach. Their daughter and only child, Rhena Schweitzer Miller, was born on 14 January 1919 in Strasbourg.

Schweitzer experienced tremendous health issues throughout her life, mostly in relation to the lungs. She first encountered tuberculosis before she turned ten. She was officially diagnosed in the spring of 1922 with laryngeal tuberculosis. In addition the heat of Africa caused many respiratory issues. In 1915, she contracted phlebitis resulting in two weeks of therapeutic bed rest. She also had pneumonia in 1929. Schweitzer died on 1 June 1957, aged 78, in Zurich.

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Relationship : Marriage 18 June 1912 (Albert Schweitzer)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 14 January 1919 (Birth of daughter, Rhena Schweitzer)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth registry entry from Berlin archives.


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Pneumonia
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Tuberculosis
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Lung
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (Albert Schweitzer, 1912-1957)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Albert Schweitzer)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One daughter)
  • Vocation : Healing Fields : Social worker
  • Vocation : Humanities+Social Sciences : Linguist
  • Vocation : Humanities+Social Sciences : Sociologist
  • Vocation : Medical : Nurse/ Nurse's Aids
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ feminist
  • Vocation : Religion : Missionary (Medical)
  • Vocation : Writers : Publisher/ Editor
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator (Co-founder of the Albert Schweitzer Hospital)