The Last Objectors on Absolutely Manitoba

Candid conversations with men with a unique take on history - WWII conscientious objectors, who refused to take up arms on the grounds of their faith.

Over 11K Mennonites, Quakers, Hutterites and others across Canada refused to take up arms in WWII

Many conscientious war objectors were sent to Alternative Service — often brutal, demanding and at times dangerous work in mines, forestry, on farms and factories. Their stories are told in The Last Objectors, airing Aug. 26 on CBC TV. (Refuge 31 Films)

The Last Objectors
Aug. 27
7 p.m. on CBC TV in Manitoba

Candid conversations with men with a unique take on history — WWII conscientious objectors who refused to take up arms on the grounds of their faith.

More than 11,000 Mennonites, Quakers, Hutterites and other pacifists across Canada refused to take up arms during the Second World War on the grounds of their faith.

The Last Objectors tells their story through intimate interviews, as well as existing photographs and footage.

Many conscientious objectors were sent to Alternative Service — often brutal, demanding and at times dangerous work in mines, forestry, on farms and factories. Some would also work in the medical field, some as military medics at the front, or staffing Canadian mental hospitals.

Their story offers insight into timely questions around the conflict between personal convictions and civic duty, and how we address human rights in the context of war.

Produced by Refuge 31 Films.