This documentary is the story of two Mennonite brothers from Manitoba who were forced to make a decision in 1939, as Canada joined World War II. In the face of 400 years of pacifist tradition, should they now go to war? Ted became a conscientious objector while his brother went into military service. Fifty years later, the town of Winkler dedicates its first war memorial and John begins to share his war experiences with Ted.
Ages 15 to 17
Civics/Citizenship - Citizen Responsibilities
Diversity - Diversity in Communities
Diversity - Identity
Ethics and Religious Culture - Religious Diversity/Heritage
History - World War II
Social Studies - Communities in Canada/World
Have students name famous pacifists throughout history. Explain to the class who the Mennonites are and why it is that war especially impacts their lives. Hold a class debate on whether young men and women should be exempted from military service in the time of war because of their religious beliefs. Read the poem ."The Pacifist" by Hilaire Belloc.