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As World War II rages on, 1943 is a difficult year for the Yoder family. How should Elam, a conscientious objector, act when he boards a train full of sneering soldiers? Why does Father end up in prison? Thankfully, all things are in God’s power. Book seven in the Amish Frontier Series.
Plain Folks in CPS Camps
Until WWII, nonresistant Christians were not exempt from the draft and boot camp. In 1941, churches negotiated with the government to set up CPS camps. Peace-loving boys traveled far from home to work, serving several years without wages. Digging postholes, fighting forest fires, and working in mental hospitals, they served their fellow man instead of going to war. 184 pages; paperback; Fisher.
Called to Be a Soldier
This book tells the experiences of conscientious objectors in Canada during World War II. It details their lives in the camps where they performed alternative service instead of joining the army. Most of the boys were from Ontario, and they first served at the Montreal River Camp, clearing land for the Trans-Canada Highway. Later some were transferred to forestry camps in British Columbia to fight forest fires and plant trees. Copies of letters to and from government officials are included, as well as some letters from church leaders. Although the practices of the different faiths vary from what we practice, this book gives a good picture of what CO camp life was like. 519 pages; paperback; Vineyard Publications.