Not all COs doing hospital work served in mental institutions. Some worked in general hospitals, especially at St.
Although serving in a hospital was not easy work, some men felt called to volunteer.
Letter to Judge Adamson from C.F. Klassen, 11 June 1941.
Conscientious objectors claimed CO status because they thought war was wrong.
A young man stands before the judge. The judge reads the sentence – “Six months hard labour!” – and bangs his gavel to dismiss the court.
No matter how hostile the judge was, though, it was difficult to change the mind of a sincere CO.
As George Groening explains though, the judges were not harsh with every CO.
With the creation of an alternative service program, it seemed that uncertainty in the Mennonite community and the government had finally been reso