Bread and Water eBook

Bread and water: The escape and ordeal of two New Zealand World War II conscientious objectors

By WJ (Will) Foote, with Chris Palmer and Merv Browne

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Published: 15 July 2013
Words: 16,570; 84pp (approximate)
Language: English
ePub ISBN: 9781927260067
Mobi (Kindle) ISBN: 9781927260050

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Bread and water: The escape and ordeal of two New Zealand World War II conscientious objectors 


Short description

New Zealand World War II conscientious objectors were treated harshly. Imprisoned for their pacifist beliefs, Chris Palmer and Merv Browne were held in military defaulters’ camps in the central North Island. To bring conditions in the camps to public notice, in 1944 Chris and Merv escaped to Wellington. This classic book tells of their audacious adventure and consequent punishment.

Extended description

New Zealand World War II conscientious objectors were treated more harshly by the authorities than those in other countries.

Imprisoned for their pacifist beliefs, first in Mt Eden and Wanganui, Chris Palmer and Merv Browne were then moved to military defaulters’ camps in the central North Island.

It appeared to them that the camps were designed to hold dissidents permanently and put them beyond the law. To bring conditions in the camps to public notice, in 1944 Chris and Merv escaped to Wellington. There they printed and distributed a pamphlet and tried to lobby politicians.

This classic out-of-print 2000 book, now re-released as an eBook, tells of their audacious adventure and consequent punishment.

It explores how the men’s Christian faith, developed through membership of the Methodist church, led to their anti-war stance and how it sustained them during their ordeal in solitary confinement. The book also touches on their involvement with the Riverside Community after the war.

Author Will Foote has written several books on peace topics. He was also imprisoned in a detention camp during World War II.

Subject Tags

world war two, new zealand, conscientious objector, prison escape, political protest, christian pacifism

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