A Few Small Candles: War Resisters of World War Il Tell Their Stories

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Little is known about those who openly refused to enter military service in World War II because of their convictions against killing. While many of those men accepted alternative civilian service, more than 6,000 were incarcerated, with sentences ranging from a few months to five years. Some were tried, convicted, and reimprisoned for essentially the same offense - resisting induction into the armed forces - after their initial release. In A Few Small Candles, ten men tell why they resisted, what happened to ...
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A Few Small Candles: War Resisters of World War II Tell Their Stories

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Overview

Little is known about those who openly refused to enter military service in World War II because of their convictions against killing. While many of those men accepted alternative civilian service, more than 6,000 were incarcerated, with sentences ranging from a few months to five years. Some were tried, convicted, and reimprisoned for essentially the same offense - resisting induction into the armed forces - after their initial release. In A Few Small Candles, ten men tell why they resisted, what happened to them, and how they feel about that experience today. Their stories detail the resisters' struggles against racial segregation in prison, as well as how they instigated work and hunger strikes to demonstrate against other prison injustices. Each of the ten has remained active in various causes relating to peace and social justice.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873386210
  • Publisher: Kent State University Press
  • Publication date: 2/24/1999
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.27 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Prison Memoir 1
2 Why I Refused to Register in the October 1940 Draft and a Little of What It Led To 20
3 My Resistance to World War II 38
4 My War and My Peace 53
5 My War on War 78
6 War Resistance in World War II 98
7 Reflections of a Religious War Objector (Half a Century Later) 130
8 Prison and Butterfly Wings 152
9 How the War Changed My Life 174
10 My Story of World War II 194
Selected Additional Readings 205
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