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Mennonites in the World War or Nonresistance Under Test


Mennonite Publishing 1922

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As one who was actively engaged in looking after the welfare of young male Mennonites, who for conscience sake, could take no part in the First World War, J. S. Hartzler was selected by the Mennonite General Conference to undertake a careful writing of the events, to make a clear statement of issues involved, and to create a record of what nonresistant people did to meet the problems arising from the war. In the introduction provided by Albert J. Steiner, he writes: “The principles of peace and opposition to war have been deeply implanted into the very lifeblood of every true Mennonite through four centuries, and to violate this now would rob them of a sacred religious principle, giving them a guilty conscience before God.” This volume provides an important history of the Mennonite church during one of the most trying times in American history.

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Key Features

  • Contains the documents of J. S. Hartzler addressing the actions of the Mennonite Church during World War I
  • Includes an overview of the early history of the Mennonite Church
  • Provides insight into the experiences of war, imprisonment, and more


  • Early History of the Church
  • Mennonites and Other Wars
  • The World War
  • The Issues Involved
  • Important Meetings and Their Results
  • Our Brethren in Canada
  • Our Brethren in the Draft
  • Our Brethren in the Draft (Continued)
  • Our Brethren in the Draft (Continued)
  • Some Experience in Camp
  • The Disciplinary Barracks
  • Home Experience Which Grew Out of War Measures
  • Camp Visitations
  • Relief Work
  • Lessons Taught By the War
  • Problems for the Church

Praise for the Print Edition

This carefully written book has not a little quiet reserve and plain straight-forwardness.

The Friend

Product Details

  • Title: Mennonites in the World War or Nonresistance under Test
  • Author: J. S. Hartzler
  • Publisher: Mennonite Publishing House
  • Publication Date: 1922
  • Pages: 246

About Jonas Smucker Hartzler

Jonas Smucker Hartzler (1857–1953) was educated at Wooster College and was an instructor in Bible at the Elkhart Institute. He later taught at Goshen College and served as secretary of the Mennonite General Conference for over 20 years. For many years he was the editor of Rural Evangel and the author of Among Missions in the Orient and Observations by the Way.