CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS OF THE FIRST WORLD WARANN KRAMER Book Number: 87383 Product format: Hardback
In 1916 a new phrase, 'conchies', entered the English language. Used derogatively by press and public, the term referred to conscientious objectors, those men who for reasons of conscience refused to be conscripted and to pick up arms to kill their fellow men. Some 16,000 men took their stand for various reasons - some were motivated by their religious beliefs, others for political or humanitarian reasons, but all believed that it was wrong to accept conscription and profoundly wrong to kill. To say the very least, their stand was not popular and they were ostracised by family and friends, sacked from jobs, imprisoned and physically brutalised and tortured. Some were even sentenced to death in an attempt to break their resistance and many spent long months and years in prison. Nothing that the authorities did broke the determined resistance of these men and here are the stories of many who bravely took their stand in a book that details the reasoning behind their decision and the way in which they were treated. On a diet of bread and water and under the so called 'cat-and-mouse' procedure, hundreds were returned again and again to prison. Some accepted alternative service and a few, mainly Quakers, worked with the Friends Ambulance Service, helping wounded soldiers of both sides. Theirs is a thrilling and inspirational story and their bravery and determination made it possible for the next generation to take their stand as conscientious objectors between 1939 and 1945 and inspire generations of war resisters ever since. Using diaries, memoirs and newspapers, well illustrated, 176pp.
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