Series Volumes 1320-1323 - World War II: Military Service and Relief Files

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World War II: Military Service and Relief Files

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CA MHCA Volume 1163-1398; 2332-2348; 2352-2383; 3391-3412; 3417-Volumes 1320-1323

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  • 1929-1946, predominant 1939-1946 (Creation)

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0.35 m of textual records

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This record series is rather brief compared to the previous series (Immigration Movement I). Most of the correspondence deals with the question of alternative service. Included is correspondence with other Mennonite organizations about this matter. Furthermore, numerous letters are from individuals regarding concrete problems which they were facing in obtaining their conscientious objector status.

Most of the correspondence in the files is with people from the National War Services Boards of the Prairie Provinces. There is also correspondence with the RCMP regarding certain suspected enemy aliens.

A final area covered in these files is the whole area of war relief work. This work was done in cooperation with the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). Consequently a good deal of the correspondence is with MCC for the years 1939-1946. Other materials relate to purchases of Victory Bonds.

This record series is relevant for researchers studying Canadian Mennonite reactions to World War II. These reactions involved both lobbying for alternative service and doing relief work in those areas devastated by war. The files are also of interest to people who want to study the extent to which Canadian Mennonites participated in the conventional military services of the day. These files would be of some value in examining the attitudes held by public officials and by society in general towards the Mennonites in World War II.

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