WWII Alternative service camp

A Moment from Yesterday

November 2, 2023 | Opinion | Volume 27 Issue 22
Conrad Stoesz |
(Photo: John P. Dyck slide collection)

These men visited an alternative service camp in 1942. From left:  D.P. Reimer (EMC, Steinbach), Jacob F. Barkman (Holdeman minister, Manitoba), David Schulz (Bergthaler bishop, Manitoba) and George DeFehr (Holdeman minister, Alberta).

During WWII, Schulz supported men applying for conscientious objector status, advocating for those whose applications were denied. When the workload was too much, he tried to resign from the Elders committee, but they did not accept his resignation. The minutes show that between May 1942 and January 1943 he tried to resign four times. Schulz understood that when the church called, it was his responsibility to heed the call.

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(Photo: John P. Dyck slide collection)

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