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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.
Inventory file list available
Correspondence Volume 1320 910. Alternative Service, 1940-1942 911. Alternative Service - Saskatchewan 912. B.C. 913. Cards 974. Coffman, S.F., 1940 915. Conference of Historic Peace Churches 916. Enemy Alien Registration 917. Ersatzdienst Inquiries 918. Ewert, Wesley 919. Falk, W.H., Altona 920. Hinchey, R.S. Volume 1321 921. Janz, B.B. 1940- 922. Justice Embury 923. Justice P.M. Anderson 924. Labor Service Records 925. MCC, 1939-1944 926. MCC, 1944-1946 927. Military Service - Winkler meeting, May, 1939 928. Military Service, 1940 929. Military Service, 1940-1941 Volume 1322 930. Military Service, 1942-1943 931. Military Service - Inquiries 932. National Registration 933. National War Services Board 934. National War Services Board, Alberta 935. National War Service Board, Manitoba 936. National War Service Board, Sask. Volume 1323 937. Nickel, Jacob W. 938. Nonresistance 939. Peace Section 940. Protokolle & Aufrufe, 1942- 941. Relief Work 942. Sask. Provincial Organization 943. War Loans 944. War Relief Work 945. Westman, L.E.A.S. 946. Wiebe, J.I.