Jean Nussbaum

(1888-1967). Physician, religious liberty secretary, friend of popes and world leaders, defender of the consciences and rights of millions. He was born Nov. 24, 1888, at La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, the second son of Tell and Berthe Nussbaum. Swiss law required school attendance six days a week. Therefore, Berthe took in washing so that she could pay the judge her weekly fine each Monday morning for allowing her son to skip school on Saturday. Also on each Monday morning, Jean’s teacher invariably called the other students’ attention to the boy’s peculiar beliefs and asked him to explain to the class why he’d missed school the previous Saturday. He completed his primary grades and stood at the head of his class, but the local high school refused to excuse him from Saturday class...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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