Alternative service camps

A Moment from Yesterday

December 1, 2021 | Opinion | Volume 25 Issue 25
Conrad Stoesz | Mennonite Heritage Archives
(Photo: Mennonite Heritage Archives / John P. Dyck Photo Collection)

Alternative service camps during the Second World War brought young men from various traditions and regions together. Pictured, Reverend David P. Reimer of Manitoba, centre, is posing with conscientious objectors in Seebe, Alta. Reimer was secretary of the elders committee that advocated for exemption from military service but, after alternative service was mandated, the committee sought to support the young men. The committee met often and a high workload topped already high expectations for the church leaders. The minutes in “Experiences of the Mennonites of Canada during the Second World War 1939-1945” show multiple occasions when committee members wanted to resign because of the workload but, because of the importance of their work, their resignations were not accepted.

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(Photo: Mennonite Heritage Archives / John P. Dyck Photo Collection)

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