While many of those who are interested in World War II know about the existence of conscientious objectors—those that refused to participate in the war for religious or philosophical reasons—the actual history of their experience in the war is often forgotten. Who were the conscientious objectors, why did they refuse to fight, and what did they do instead of serving in the armed forces? Join National D-Day Memorial educator Mitchell Gehman to learn more about this unique side of the WWII experience.
Mitchell Gehman is the Education & Public Outreach Coordinator at the National D-Day Memorial. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences and Master of Arts in History, both from Liberty University. Gehman has presented at the James Barnes Club Graduate Student History Conference and the Phi Alpha Theta Biennial Conference. His written works include “Knights of the Round Table Mesa: A Brief Study in the Paintings and Books on the American West” and Ploughing of the Sands: The Refugee System of World War II and the Man that Tried to Hold it Together. Typical areas of research for him include refugee systems during WWII and the League of Nations.
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