Recollections of a Conscientious Objector in WWII
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McNally Robinson P.O.D.
In November 1941, Gordon Toombs was about to make one of the most important decisions of his life. The 21 year old was in the middle of a three year theological degree at St. Andrew's College in the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon when he and seven of his friends decided to take a stand against the bearing of arms as conscientious objectors in World War II. Five were candidates for the ministry, one was studying chemistry, one was a pre-med student, and another was an English major. The United Church archives has no record of their names nor what happened to them as they tried to make their objection known. Misunderstood and scorned, the defiant eight faced persecution and even jail, forcing some of them to make choices that were as untenable as the war. Now at 98 years old, the only surviving member of the group is ready to share their experiences. L74298 is a testament of faith and the journey of a principled group of young men who remained loyal to their beliefs and to each other.
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