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A Few Small Candles: War Resisters of World War II Tell Their Stories Hardcover – February, 1999

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Larry Gara, a historian, teacher, and part-time activist, lives with his wife, Lenna Mae Gara, a freelance writer and community activist, in Wilmington, Ohio, where he retired from Wilmington College after 40 years in the classroom. He is concerned that the record of active nonviolence becomes more visible as an important part of U.S. history.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Kent State Univ Pr; First Edition edition (February 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873386213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873386210
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #767,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Acosta (bfacosta@sprintmail.com) on June 1, 1999
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The "other" heroes of World War II are epitomized in this moving testimony by nine war resistors who paid the price for their beliefs. Each chapter illustrates the personal experiences of these individuals and what they went through as a result of refusing to kill other human beings. Many were treated worse than murderers and rapists, but they all stuck to their principles despite intense peer and family pressure, personal attacks and even death threats. Their stories are a tribute to the courage of those who would dare to stand up for their beliefs.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jon Hunt on March 11, 2002
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What does one make of war resisters? The answer is "plenty" and their narratives are wonderfully recounted in "A Few Small Candles"....a book long overdue.
The differences between resisiters during World War Two and those that followed twenty five years later in Vietnam certainly owes much to the public outlook on war at each of those times, but in the end it is the stories of those men who contradicted their country's policies that give us their full measure of devotion to peace. After finishing this wonderful little book I came to the conclusion that it is unfair to judge these men simply in light of their times. What becomes clear throughout is the profound conscience with which they "fought" their imprisonment. While not always clear as to every facet of core beliefs they possessed (some were more religious than others)or what course of action they might have deemed necessary to take when faced with prison obstacles, each of these men knew that to register for the armed forces of the United States and thereby be open to being put into a position in which they might have to kill other men was simply not acceptable.
It is especially poignant that I read this book during our country's current military battles in the Middle East. One doesn't have to judge them heroes or traitors, but rather men who stood up for what they believed. It is a part of World War Two that has been sadly missing until now and whose relevance helps to complete a more accurate picture of that age.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gene Chenoweth on November 17, 2013
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This is a memorable and unique selection of recollections and testimonies by ten American resisters to war, conscription and miltary training during World War II. It is beautifully edited and lovingly presented. The individuality of the photographs, no less than the texts, transport us back to an era that was truly "pre-war." In both intellectual and visceral ways, "the draft" and "military conscription" -- no less than Draft Boards and their classification processes -- seemed somewhat "un-American" in both intellectul and visceral ways. The annotated bibligraphy is exceptional and interesting reading. This is just a gem of a book.
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