Pacifists in Chains: The Persecution of Hutterites during the Great War

Stoltzfus, Duane C S

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Tells the story of four young Hutterite men who followed their beliefs and refused to perform military service in World War I. The men paid a steep price for their resistance, imprisoned in Alcatraz and Fort Leavenworth, where the two youngest died. The Hutterites buried the men as martyrs, citing mistreatment. Using archival material, letters from the four men and others imprisoned during the war, and interviews with their descendants, Duane C. S. Stoltzfus explores the tension between a country preparing to enter into a world war and a people whose history of martyrdom for their pacifist beliefs goes back to their sixteenth-century Reformation beginnings. Paperback. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013. 268 pages.