Pacifists In Chains: The Persecution Of Hutterites During The Great War by Duane C. S. StoltzfusPacifists In Chains: The Persecution Of Hutterites During The Great War by Duane C. S. Stoltzfus

Pacifists In Chains: The Persecution Of Hutterites During The Great War

byDuane C. S. Stoltzfus

Paperback | November 12, 2013

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To Hutterites and members of other pacifist sects, serving the military in any way goes against the biblical commandment "thou shalt not kill" and Jesus’s admonition to turn the other cheek when confronted with violence. Pacifists in Chains tells the story of four young men—Joseph Hofer, Michael Hofer, David Hofer, and Jacob Wipf—who followed these 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.

Duane C. S. Stoltzfus is a professor of communication at Goshen College and the copy editor of The Mennonite Quarterly Review.
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Title:Pacifists In Chains: The Persecution Of Hutterites During The Great WarFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:296 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.72 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.72 inPublished:November 12, 2013Publisher:Johns Hopkins University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:142141127X

ISBN - 13:9781421411279

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To Hutterites and members of other pacifist sects, serving the military in any way goes against the biblical commandment "thou shalt not kill" and Jesus’s admonition to turn the other cheek when confronted with violence. Pacifists in Chains tells the story of four young men—Joseph Hofer, Michael Hofer, David Hofer, and Jacob Wipf—who followed these 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. Pacifists in Chains is a first-rate contribution to the understudied history of conscientious objection and religious persecution in the United States. Duane Stoltzfus’s scholarship is excellent, his writing is beautiful, and his narrative of Hutterites bearing witness to their nonviolence is poignant. A learned study and an inspiring read.